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Graptopeltus lynceus
Family: Lygaeidae

A large and distinctive ground bug which has broad pale margins to the pronotum and two raised pale lines on the scutellum, which form a V at the apex. The front of the pronotum is broader than the head and eyes.

Viper's bugloss is the main host-plant, although other species in the borage family are sometimes used. G. lynceus is associated with dry sparsely-vegetated habitats such as dunes, breckland, and old sand or chalk pits. Adults overwinter and mate in the spring; the new generation is often complete by July. There may sometimes be a second generation.

A scarce bug which has a scattered distribution across southern England, particularly the south-east.

Adult: All year
Length 6-7 mm
Graptopeltus lynceus
Adult: Suffolk (1993) ©Roger Key

Graptopeltus lynceus Graptopeltus lynceus
Adult: Suffolk (2011) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Suffolk (2011) ©Tristan Bantock

Graptopeltus lynceus Graptopeltus lynceus
Adult: Berks (April 2011) ©Jonathan Michaelson

Adult: Berks (April 2011) ©Jonathan Michaelson