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A beautifully marked bug found throughout Britain in dry grasslands, where both adults and larve feed on a range of composites such as bird's foot trefoil, restharrow, salad burnet and kidney vetch.
The rosy patches on the forewings are characteristic, with the pale scutellum bisected by a dark line. The head, pronotum and legs may also be rose-tinged and the 2nd antennal segment is shorter than the 3rd and 4th combined.
Compare: Closterotomus norwegicus
Adult: June - October (mainly June-August)
Length 6-8 mm
|Adult: Co. Durham (July 2007) ©John & Helen Hope
|Adult: Dorset (August 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: Surrey (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Surrey (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
||Nymph: south Wales (June 2009) ©Barry Stewart