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Kleidocerys ericae
Family: Lygaeidae

Found mainly in England on heathland, and associated with heather, this rust-coloured bug is very similar to the much commoner Birch Catkin Bug K. resedae.

This species is slightly smaller than K. resedae and the markings seem to be subtly different. Specifically, the pale area of the scutellum is usually larger in K. ericae, and there are fewer dark marks on the corium.


Adult: All year
Length 3.5-4.5 mm

Kleidocerys ericae

Adult: Surrey (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Kleidocerys ericae Kleidocerys ericae
Adult: Surrey (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock Adult: north Norfolk (May 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Kleidocerys ericae nymph
Nymph: Dorset (August 2008) ©Mark Dunkling