Length 4 mm. A highly variable species which is nonetheless reasonably distinctive. The vertex, as seen from above, is very narrow, and the pronotum sharply pointed anteriorly. There are three basic colour forms. The darker form has forewing spots in the same positions as the pale form, but extended into broad patches. It usually has an additional two dark spots on the pronotum. Other specimens are distinctly reddish or orange, with the same range of dark markings. The pattern on the scutellum often serves to confirm identification.
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.
Usually found on grasses but overwintering on firs and other evergreens.
Adult: February to November.
Overwinters as an adult.
Reasonably common and widespread across Britain.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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