Anthocoris nemoralis


    Length 3.5 to 4 mm. Flower bugs are a very difficult group and this species is amongst the hardest to identify. Images contained in a red box denote that they are only likely to be this species and are typical of the species but have not been examined in detail to be certain of identity. The forewings are shiny only on the cuneus and embolium (along the outer edge), and at the apex of the corium. The 1st antennal segment is dark, and the 2nd partly pale at the base. The forewings are relatively darkly marked compared with A. nemorum and the markings on the membrane also differ. It is most difficult to separate from A. confusus but the latter generally appears to have darker femora and the embolium is only partly shiny.

    Similar Species

    A. nemorum

    A. confusus

    Identification difficulty

    The species is found on many different deciduous trees.

    When to see it

    Adult: All year

    UK Status

    Frequent and very widespread, but much less common than A. nemorum on low vegetation.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map