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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