Stenodema laevigata

    Description

    Length 8-9 mm. Stenodema species are elongate grass bugs with a longitudinal furrow between the eyes. The genus is best distinguished by the coarsely and densely pitted pronotum, Stenodema laevigata is very similar to Stenodema calcarata and Stenodema trispinosa, but lacks femoral spurs. There is a notch in the underside of the hind femora, near the apex.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    This species can be identified from good quality photographs with care but there are similar species that it could be confused with.

    Habitat

    Grassy Habitats. Both adults and larvae feed on the unripe grains of a number of grasses, although this species is often commoner in damper habitats than Stenodema calcarata.

    When to see it

    Adult: all year round.

    Life History

    Overwintering as an adult and mating in the Spring, when both sexes turn green, although males are often darker than females. Larvae can be found May-July, the new generation of straw-coloured adults appearing from July onwards.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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