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Deraeocoris scutellaris
Family: Miridae

A predatory Deraeocoris species which is entirely black, or entirely black except for the red scutellum.

A scarce bug found locally across southern and central England where it can be found in a variety of habitats. These include heathland, chalk downland (where it is often associated with hazel and hawthorn) and herb-rich grassland.

Adult: June-July
Length 6-8 mm
Deraeocoris scutellaris
Adult: Surrey (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Deraeocoris scutellaris Deraeocoris scutellaris
Adult: Surrey (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Nymph: Surrey (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock