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A distinctive although somewhat variable species, which is fairly large and roughly parallel-sided in shape.
Males are generally yellow with extensive dark markings on the pronotum and forewings; females are greenish-yellow with the dark markings much reduced. Both sexes become more strongly marked and deeply coloured with age.
Widespread and very common throughout much of the UK in a variety of dry grassland habitats, both nymphs and adults of this species feed mainly on the flowering heads of grasses.
Compare: Grypocoris stysi, Adelphocoris lineolatus
Length 6-7 mm
|Adult male: Worcs (July 2008) ©Brian Kilford
|Adult male: north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult male: Berks (July 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson
|Adult male: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult female: Worcs (July 2008) ©Brian Kilford
|Adult female: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock