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Orsillus depressus
Family: Lygaeidae

First recorded in the late 1980s, this continental seed bug has become naturalised in the UK and is now common in southern and central England at least.

Originally native to southern Europe, where a number of trees in the Cupressaceae are used as hostplants, in Britain it is often associated with Lawson's Cypress.

Adult: All year
Length ~6 mm

Orsillus depressus
Adult: north London (November 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Orsillus depressus Orsillus depressus
Adult: south London (October 2007) ©Toby Barton
Adult: south London (October 2007) ©Toby Barton

Orsillus depressus
Adult: Hants (April 2008) ©Alby Oakshott