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A difficult genus including some common species; all have one large and several small spines on the underside of the front femur. The sides of the pronotum have a large and obvious pale spot just behind the middle.
S. decoratus is easily recognised however; it generally has a rather bright and colourful appearance and 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
|Adult: Surrey (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Surrey (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock||Adult: Dorset (August 2008) ©Mark Dunkling
|Nymph: east London (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Nymph: Dorset (August 2008) ©Mark Dunkling|