Liocoris tripustulatus

    Description

    Length 4-5 mm. A variable but distinctive species, the colour of the scutellum and cuneus ranges from cream to deep yellow and the pale legs are striped with black rings. Short dark spines are present on the tibiae. Head width = 1/2 pronotum width, length of 2nd antennal segment > head width. Variation in colour is strongly related to age.

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    Habitat

    Anywhere that Nettles (the foodplant for all life stages) are to be found.

    When to see it

    Adult: all year

    Life History

    On spring emergence following hibernation, the ground colour is typically darker and the cuneus more orange-yellow. Following mating, females may survive until the new generation of adults appears in mid-summer, which is generally paler and less intensely marked.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map