Bryocoris pteridis

    Description

    Length 2 to 4 mm. A small bug found on ferns. Adults can be fully winged or have short rudimentary wings and the head is at least partly dark brown or black. The 1st antennal segment is longer than the width of the head.

    Similar Species

    Be sure to rule out Monalocoris filicis (Bracken Bug) which has an entirely orange head.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    This species can be identified from good quality photographs with care but there are similar species that it could be confused with.

    Recording advice

    This species can be identified from good quality photographs with care but there are similar species that it could be confused with.

    Habitat

    Damp woodlands where it may have a preference for shaded locations.

    When to see it

    Adult: May to September.

    Life History

    Feeds on various ferns, but rarely on Bracken.

    UK Status

    Widespread, and said to be common in the UK.

    VC55 Status

    Not particularly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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