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Rhopalus subrufus

This genus comprises four species in the UK; all are rather hairy bugs with largely membranous forewings, usually reddish. R. subrufus can be distinguished by the alternately dark and light bands on the connexivum, and the whitish tip to the scutellum, which ends in two points (bifid); see below.

Widely distributed in southern Britain, this species is often found on low vegetation in scrubby areas and woodland clearings. It is associated with many plants, particularly St John’s wort (Hypericum), and overwinters as an adult, the new generation appearing in August.

Seen coming out of a bag of potatoes in August 2020


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