Striped Oak Bug - Rhabdomiris striatellus

    Alternative names
    Calocoris striatellus and Calocoris quadripunctatus

    Length 7 to 8 mm. This is a very striking bug. The females are usually paler then males. The only possible confusion risk is the larger and more elongate Miris striatus, which has a completely yellow/orange cuneus and an entirely dark head.

    Identification difficulty

    Frequently found on or near Oak.

    When to see it

    Adult: May-July.

    Life History

    Overwintered eggs hatch in April, the larvae feeding on unripe catkins and becoming adult from mid May onwards.

    UK Status

    Fairly widespread and frequent across the UK, but particularly in the south

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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