Bryocoris pteridis

Description

Length 2 to 4 mm. A small bug found on ferns. Adults can be fully winged or have short rudimentary wings and the head is at least partly dark brown or black. The 1st antennal segment is longer than the width of the head.

Similar Species

Be sure to rule out Monalocoris filicis (Bracken Bug) which has an entirely orange head.

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Habitat

Damp woodlands where it may have a preference for shaded locations.

When to see it

Adult: May to September.

Life History

Feeds on various ferns, but rarely on Bracken.

UK Status

Widespread, and said to be common in the UK.

VC55 Status

Not particularly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map