Pantilius tunicatus

Description

Length 8-10 mm. The large size (antennae shorter than the body) and spectacular colouring make it almost unmistakeable. The extent of the red markings is variable, and newly emerged adults can be almost entirely green.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

This bug may be found on the lower branches of Hazel, Alder and Birch.

When to see it

It is a late season species and usually does not appear until September.

Life History

It may overwinter

UK Status

Reasonably common and widespread across southern Britain at least.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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