Pantilius tunicatus


    Length 8-10 mm. The large size (antennae shorter than the body) and spectacular colouring make it almost unmistakeable. The extent of the red markings is variable, and newly emerged adults can be almost entirely green.

    Identification difficulty

    This bug may be found on the lower branches of Hazel, Alder and Birch.

    When to see it

    It is a late season species and usually does not appear until September.

    Life History

    It may overwinter

    UK Status

    Reasonably common and widespread across southern Britain at least.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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