|A BIT ABOUT BUGS
Nysius is a difficult genus and most of the seven UK species are very difficult to identify without reference to a specimen.
N. huttoni is best distinguished by the long hairs that cover the pronotum and forewings, but this can be difficult to see in the field. The body shape is also rather broad and squat, particularly in the female.
A recent arrival in Britain from the near continent, but actually native to New Zealand, where it is known as the 'Wheat Bug' and can cause crop damage in hot summers, although this has not so far been the case in Britain.
The species has spread rapidly since 2010 and is now often the dominant Nysius species in bare ground habitats across much of the southern half of England as far north as Yorkshire, as well as parts of Wales.
Adult: ~All year
Length 2.5-4.0 mm
|Adult: Essex (July 2020) ©Yvonne Couch
Kent (August 2010) ©Tristan
|Adults: London (August 2017) ©Mick Massie