Tree Damsel Bug - Himacerus apterus
Length 8-11 mm. This genus has a black connexivum with orange-red spots, and rather reddish-brown wings, which do not usually reach beyond the 3rd or 4th abdominal segment.
Unlike other UK nabids, this is a tree-dwelling bug, found on deciduous species and less frequently on conifers, where it feeds on mites, aphids and other small insects.
Adults lay eggs in late summer which hatch the following spring; larvae may be found May-August. The new adult generation is complete from July onwards.
It is common in much of England and Wales, becoming scarcer further north.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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