Apple Brown Bug - Atractotomus mali

    Description

    Length 3.5mm The 1st antennal segment is almost triangular and much thinner at the base, while the 2nd segment is much thickened in both sexes, particularly so in females. The body shape is rather oval and convex. The larvae are red, with the fore-parts darker. 

    Similar Species

    A. magnicornis, A. parvulus

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    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.
     

    Recording advice

    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.

    Habitat

    Where Apple and Hawthorn are present. 

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History

    Feeds on apple and hawthorn, although this species is also partly predatory.

    UK Status

    Common across much of southern Britain. 

    VC55 Status

    Seems to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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