Stictopleurus punctatonervosus - Stictopleurus punctatonervosus

Description

Length 7 to 8 mm. The genus is characterised by the banded connexivum and the spatulate tip to the scutellum. There are two very similar species which are best separated with reference to the fine detail of the pronotum. In S. punctatonervosus, the dark marks behind the anterior margin take the form of two half circles (full circles in the similar S. abutilon). Note that these markings are not always easy to discern.

Habitat

Favours dry grassland habitats.

When to see it

Adult: All year; new generation complete by August.

UK Status

Previously rare in the UK but now well established. The distribution was initially cantered around the Thames gateway area of Kent and Essex, but this species is now found throughout much of south and central England.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map