Cymus melanocephalus


Length 3 to 4 mm. The four bugs in this genus are distinctively shaped and have a highly punctured body and forewings. However, they can be difficult to separate. C. melanocephalus lacks a pale central keel on the scutellum and the wings are punctured throughout.


Host plants include trefoils, loosestrifes and rushes.

When to see it

Adult: All year

UK Status

This species is quite common in southern England in damp areas.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map