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Nysius ericae
Family: Lygaeidae

Nysius is a difficult genus and many of the seven UK species are very difficult to identify without reference to a specimen.

N. thymi and N. ericae are particularly difficult to separate. Both species lack a well defined dark ring at the base of the 2nd antennal segment and usually have some dark markings on the wing membrane.

N. ericae is best identified with reference to the male genitalia. In females, the hairs on the wing veins are longer than in N. thymi.

Very widespread and common in habitats with a large component of bare ground. 



Adult: ~All year
Length 3.5-4.5 mm

Nysius ericae
Adult: Essex (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Nysius ericae Nysius ericae
Adult: Kent (August 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Essex (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Nysius ericae Nysius ericae
Adult: Berks (August 2010) ©Jonanathan Michaelson

Nymph: Essex (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock