Acetropis gimmerthalii

    Description

    Length 5 to 6 mm.  An elongate grass bug with a transverse furrow between the eyes, Acetropis gimmerthalii is relatively broad and oval in shape and bears a superficial resemblance to Stenodema holsata. However, the pronotum is smooth, lacking obvious punctures and the head is as wide as the front of the pronotum. The length of the 2nd antennal segment is equal to that of the 3rd and 4th combined and there are a number of well-defined dark stripes on the upper surface.

    Similar Species

    Stenodema holsata.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

    Habitat

    This bug can be found in a variety of damp and dry grassland habitats.

    When to see it

    Adult: June to September.

    UK Status

    Distributed mainly across southern and central England and Wales, but not particularly common.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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