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The two Orthocephalus species are very dark and rather squat plant bugs in which the hind tibiae are modified for jumping. The antennae are entirely black.
This species is distinguished from the similar O. saltator by the entirely dark hind tibiae. In males the corium is inwardly yellowish; macropterous and brachypterous forms of both sexes occur.
Widespread but locally distributed throughout the UK in a variety of grassland habitats.
Compare: O. saltator
Length 4-5 mm
|Adult female: Cumbria (August 2008) ©Peter Bolson
|Adult female: west London (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock