Capsus ater

    Description

    Length 5-6 mm. This common bug is characterised by its rather oval body shape, black forewings and 2nd antennal segment, which is swollen towards the apex. The widest part of this segment is more than twice as broad as the narrowest section. The head and pronotum of adults vary in colour from rusty brown to blackish.

    Habitat

    In grasslands, where it is associated with numerous species of Gramineae. Unlike most capsid bugs, it feeds low down on the stems, rather than on flower spikes and developing grains.

    When to see it

    Adult: June-September.

    Life History

    The larvae are purple-brown.

    UK Status

    Quite common and widespread throughout the UK.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map