A dark bug which may closely resemble some other members of the Anthocoris group. Detailed examination is necessary.
Detailed examination of the specimen is needed to identify this species. A photograph alone is not normally sufficient because key features are not obvious and there are one or more similar species.
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.
Can be found on aphid-galled leaves of Elm species and is a predator of the aphid Eriosoma ulmi. It is also occasionally associated with aphid-leaf galls of Ash, various currant species, Blackthorn and Hawthorn.
Adults from mid-April through to autumn.
Adults thought to overwinter by hibernating under bark scales.
This species seems to be widespread in Britain but not well recorded.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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