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Key to the Rhopalidae of Central Europe (German)
This genus comprises four species in the UK; all are rather hairy bugs with largely membranous forewings, which are usually reddish in colour. This species is very similar to R. parumpunctatus but lacks the dark spots on the veins of the corium and the connexivum is uniformly pale yellow-orange. The scutellum ends in a single point.
Very local in southern England, most confirmed records of this species are from the lowland heaths of Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset. The host plants may include spurreys Spergularia. Overwinters as an adult, the new generation appearing in August.
Compare R. maculatus, R. subrufus
Adult: All year
Length 6.5-7.0 mm
|Adult: Jersey (July 2018) ©Simon Robson
|Adult: Sussex (September 2019) ©Graema Lyons