Red Bug - Deraeocoris ruber

    Description

    Length 6-8 mm. The ground colour (including the scutellum) ranges from red-orange to almost fully black, although the cuneus is always red to some extent. The forewings are very shiny. The tibiae are unbanded and the 1st antennal segment and at least the base of the 2nd are black.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It can be found on a range of plants, especially Nettles.

    When to see it

    Adult: July-September.

    Life History

    This bug feeds on small insects.

    UK Status

    More common in Southern Britain and very rare in Ireland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map