|A BIT ABOUT BUGS
Key to the Rhopalidae of Central Europe (German)
In contrast to other rhopalids, Chorosoma schillingi and Myrmus miriformis are rather hairless as adults and elongate in shape. This species in particular is very long and narrow, leading to possible confusion with some mirid grass bugs. Note however the membranous wings and ocelli.
A straw-coloured species with very long legs and antennae, C. schillingi is superbly camouflaged as it walks slowly amongst grasses. It is usually brachypterous, the wings reaching half the length of the adomen.
This species has a southerly and mainly coastal distribution, and is found locally in dunes and tall grasslands between Norfolk and Anglesey, feeding on various grasses including marram.
Length 14-16 mm
|Adult pair: east London (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult male: east London (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult male: detail ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult male: Beds (September 2009) ©Will George
|Adult female: east London (Septmeber 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult female: east London (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock