Nysius huttoni

    Alt Name
    Wheat Bug

    Length 3 to 4 mm. Sometimes known as the Wheat Bug, and known for damaging wheat crops in its native New Zealand. The adults have a variegated outline with a conspicuous silvery triangle at the posterior end. The bug is distinguished from the six species of Nysius native to Britain by its conspicuous pubescence (hairiness). It has long erect hairs covering the pronotum, scutellum, clavus and corium and a distinctive double row of punctures along the claval suture.  Where possible this species is best subjected to detailed examination.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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    A polyphagous pest of a large number of weeds and crops. It is reported to favour habitats with sandy soil.

    When to see it

    Occurs all year round, but most likely to be encountered in the warmer months of the year.

    UK Status

    A recent arrival (circa 2007) in Britain from the near continent, but actually native to New Zealand.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland but may be moving into our area.

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