European Chinchbug - Ischnodemus sabuleti

Alternative names
Chinch bug

Length 5 to 6 mm. A peculiar, elongate and well marked species. There are two distinct common forms, with short wings (micropterous) and long wings (macropterous) respectively. Occasional specimens with wings of intermediate length are also known.

Identification difficulty

Swarms of thousands are often seen in wetland areas.

When to see it

Adult: all year, but especially in typhae litter in dry marshy margins in late summer.

Life History

The distinctive nymphs may be found on grasses and reeds throughout the summer and into winter.

UK Status

Until 1893 was known only from a handful of sites in Kent and Surrey. Since then, it has enormously increased its range, and is still expanding northwards and westwards; it is now fairly widespread in England at least.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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