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A small shieldbug with bands of silvery hairs along the length of the pronotum and scutellum (absent in the larger and rarer O. fuliginosa). The remainder of the dorsal surface is covered in dark hairs. The nymphs feed on Storksbill Erodium circutarium and overwinter, becoming adult in the spring and mating in June-July.
A scarce species which is local on coastal sand dunes in the south, and sandy heathland sites in Kent, Surrey and East Anglia, including the brecklands.
Adult: most frequent June-July
Length 4.0-5.0 mm
|Adult: Kent (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Suffolk (July 2006) ©Stuart Read
||Adult: Kent (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Suffolk (July 2006) ©Stuart Read||Adult: Suffolk (July 2006) ©Stuart Read