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Key to the Rhopalidae of Central Europe (German)
Both historically rare or accidental, two Stictopleurus species have recently become well-established in the UK.
The genus is characterised by the banded connexivum and the spatulate tip to the scutellum. The two species are very similar and best separated with reference to the fine detail of the pronotum. In S. punctatonervosus, the dark marks behind the anterior margin take the form of two half circles (full circles in S. abutilon). Note that these markings are not always easy to discern.
The distribution was initially centered around the Thames gateway area of Kent and Essex, but this species is now found throughout much of south and central England, favouring dry grassland habitats.
Adult: All year; new generation complete by August
Length 7-8 mm
|Detail of pronotum||Adult: north London (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult, detail of pronotum ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: north London (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Berks (July 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson
||Adult: south London (September 2009) ©Tristan Bantock|
|Adult: northLondon (July 2009) ©Laurence Counter
||Adult: east London (September 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: east London (September 2009) ©Tristan Bantock||Nymph: west London (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock