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Black Kneed Capsid
A slender and parallel-sided blue-green species with black patches at the base of the rather bristly tibia ('knees'), parts of the antennae and at the posterior angles of the pronutum. The length of the 1st antennal segment is roughly equal to the width of the head. The antennae are usually very long in males. The yellow markings on the scutellum and forewings are variable.
A very common bug throughout Britain on many deciduous trees, including birch, alder, apple, lime, and ash. Partly predatory, feeding largely on red spider mites.
Adult: June - October
Length 5-6 mm
|Adult: Yorks (August 2008) ©Joe Botting
|Adult: north London (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: south London (August 2007) ©Joe Botting
|Adult: Berks (July 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson
||Adult: Kent (November 2009) ©John Jeffery
|Nymph: Sussex (July 2008) ©Brian Valentine
||Nymph: Berks (July 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson