Drymus ryei

    Description

    Length 4 to 5 mm. Drymus is one of several lygaeid genera in which the front femur has one larger tooth and several small ones; it is rather a difficult genus to identify. In D. sylvaticus and D. ryei the tibiae lack long erect hairs and the scutellum and pronotum are entirely black. The species is best distinguished from D. sylvaticus by the uniformly dark forewings and blackish membrane. The wings are also usually slightly shorter than the abdomen.

    Habitat

    Found amongst moss, grass and leaf-litter on dryish soils, probably feeding on a range of plants.

    When to see it

    All year round

    UK Status

    Found widely but less commonly than D. sylvaticus.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

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