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A difficult genus including some common species; all have one large and several small spines on the front femur. The sides of the pronotum are keeled and have a large and obvious pale spot just behind the middle. Underside characters are important in most species and specimens should be collected for reliable identification.
S. decoratus is one of the more easily recognised species. The antennae are entirely black with the exception of the base of the 2nd segment. The bug is almost always macropterous.
This species is always associated with heather and is found commonly on heathland throughout the UK.
Compare: S. affinis, S. thomsoni
Adult: All year
Length 3.5-4.0 mm
Surrey (August 2008) ©Tristan
|Adult: Surrey (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock||Adult:
Dorset (August 2008) ©Mark
east London (August 2008) ©Tristan
||Nymph: Dorset (August 2008) ©Mark Dunkling|