Arocatus longiceps

    Alt Name
    Plane Tree Bug

    A  small (6 to7 mm) handsome black and red ground bug with a distinctive orange abdomen.


    Favours areas where Plane trees (Platanus sp.) are present.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Feeds on the seeds of plane, producing several generations before overwintering communally under bark. Flies readily in warm conditions, when the orange abdomen is conspicuous.

    UK Status

    A recent immigrant to the UK, first noted in 2007 and by the end of 2015 it had become abundant on Plane trees in parts of London.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, it is believed that the Sapcote record of 24th February 2016 is the first for this species in VC55 although it is spreading and may be moving into our area.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map