Pine Cone Bug - Gastrodes grossipes

    Description

    Length 6 to 7 mm. Gastrodes species are rather broad and flattened bugs which are associated with conifers. In Gastrodes grossipes has an overall dark red-brown colouration with dark sides to the front of the pronotum, and the 1st antennal segment extends beyond the head.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Usually found on Scots Pine.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Scots Pine is the main foodplant.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map