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This species is distinguished from Piesma maculatum by the shape of the pronotum, which lacks clearly indented side margins.
Found widely throughout the UK, although local inland and mainly associated with coastal saltmarshes, this bug feeds mainly on oraches and sea purslane. Adults overwinter, mating in the spring and producing several generations per year.
Compare: Piesma maculatum
Adult: All year
Length 3.0-3.5 mm
|Adult: north Wales (July 2008) ©Joe Botting
|Adult: north Wales (May 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: Dorset (April 2009) ©Mark Dunkling
|Adult: Essex (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
||Nymph: Essex (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock|