Common Flower Bug - Anthocoris nemorum

    Description

    Length 3.5-4.5mm. Probably the most common species of this difficult genus. The forewings are entirely reflective and the pronotum entirely black. The legs are mostly orange-brown, with variable development of small dark patches near the tip of the femora, especially on the hind leg. The antennae are largely pale in the 2nd and 3rd segments, with dark tips to the segments, and dark 1st and 4th segments; length of second antennal segment greater than width of head across eyes. The dark patch on the membrane is typically hourglass-shaped.

    Identification difficulty
    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

    Found on almost any plants, but preferring lower vegetation to trees.

    When to see it

    Adult: all year.

    Life History

    The species is predatory.

    UK Status

    Abundant across the UK.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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