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Drymus is one of several lygaeid genera in which the front femur has one larger tooth and several small ones; it is rather a difficult genus to identify. D. brunneus and D. sylvaticus are by far the most common species.
In D. sylvaticus and D. ryei the tibiae lack long erect hairs and the scutellum and pronotum are entirely black. The species is best distinguished from D. sylvaticus by the slightly wider, darker and shorter forewings which do not usually reach the tip of the abdomen, although macropterous individuals can occur.
Found widely but less commonly than D. sylvaticus in broadly similar habitats.
Compare: D. sylvaticus, D. brunneus
Adult: All year
Length 4-5 mm
Surrey (October 2009) ©Tristan
|Adult: west Wales
(May 2009) ©Joe Botting
||Adult: Berks (October 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson|
(April 2014) ©Jonathan