Notostira elongata - Notostira elongata

Description

Length 7.5 to 8.5 mm. Notostira species are elongate grass bugs with a longitudinal furrow between the eyes. The genus is sexually dimorphic; males have a black central stripe on the upperside, with the margins yellowish-green, while females are much paler.

Similar Species

Females appear similar to Stenodema laevigata. However, the pronotum is smooth and unpunctured and there are dense dark hairs on the 1st antennal segment and hind tibiae.

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Habitat

Grassland.

When to see it

All year, but peaking in summer.

Life History

This species has two generations a year, the first maturing in early summer and the second from August onwards. The females of the autumn generation are larger and much pinker than the summer generation, although the males are very similar. The autumn generation mate and females overwinter, egg development resuming the following spring.

UK Status

Widespread and quite common in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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