|A BIT ABOUT BUGS
An unmistakeable shining black species, with short red wings and red legs. Macropterous forms have largely red forewings, with a dark mark at the apex of the clavus and a white spot on the cuneus. They never been recorded in Britain.
Historically an extreme rarity, this species was not seen in Britain since the nineteenth century until 2019, when a population was discovered at a site in Kent. P. guttula favours dry, early-successional habitats and feeds mainly on the nymphs of various lygaeids.
Adult: All year
Length 7-10 mm
(May 2014) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Jersey (March 2015) ©Tim Ransom
|Nymph Jersey (July 2020) ©Simon Robson