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Beosus maritimus
Family: Lygaeidae

A large ground bug which has conspicuous white spots on the cuneus and two parallel pale marks on the scutellum, which is otherwise dark. The front of the pronotum is narrower than the head and eyes and the tips of the mid and hind femora are broadly black. The 4th antennal segment is pale at the base.

A local species confined to southern England and Wales between Essex and Pembrokeshire, associated mainly with sandy and rocky coastal areas. The host-plants include thrift and english stonecrop. Adults overwinter and mate in the spring; the new generation is complete by August.

Adult: all year
Length 6-7 mm

Beosus maritimus


Adult:  Kent (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Beosus maritimus Beosus maritimus
Adult:  Kent (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Cornwall (August 2008) ©Ashley Wood

Beosus maritimus nymph Beosus maritimus nymph
Nymph: Cornwall (August 2008) ©Ashley Wood

Nymph: Kent (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock