Loricula elegantula

    Description

    Length 1.5 to 2.3 mm. A genus of small and inconspicuous bugs, in which the females are very broad-bodied and brachypterous, and the 2nd antennal segment is longer than the 4th. In L. elegantula females the forebody is entirely orange-red and the forewings are tiny and mostly pale. The macropterous males are dark brown with a red cuneus and pale base and apex to the corium.

    Habitat

    Associated with lichens on tree trunks and stones.

    When to see it

    Adult: July to September.

    Life History

    Feeds on small invertebrates.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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