Rhopalus subrufus


Length 7 to 7.5 mm. This genus comprises four species in the UK; all are rather hairy bugs with largely membranous forewings, which are usually reddish in colour. R. subrufus can be distinguished by the alternate dark and light bands on the connexivum, and the whitish tip to the scutellum which ends in two points (bifid).

Identification difficulty


Often found on low vegetation in scrubby areas and woodland clearings. It is associated with many plants, particularly St John's-wort (Hypericum).

When to see it

Adult: all year.

Life History

Overwinters as an adult, the new generation appearing in August.

UK Status

Widely distributed in southern Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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