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Friday, 18 July 2014

A Lygid - Ground Bug Scolopostethus thomsoni

Scolopostethus thomsoni

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Scolopostethus thomsoni 31260

Family: Lygaeidae


Adults - All year

Length 3.5-4.0 mm

Key ID Characteristics

A Lygid which is short dark and hairless in form

The Pronotal sides have a large pale spot mid centre

Legs in the Genus have a one large and several small spines beneath the front femur.

Wings This species is normally Brachyopterous - Partly winged which have few hairs spread over it
However infrequent fully-winged forms occur. 

Antennal Character - The apexes aof the 3nd 3rd 
and 4th segments are darkened but not a wholly reliable ID characteristic 

Similar Species

S. affinis, S. decoratus

Habitat Usually abundant on Nettle Urtica dioeca

Phenology   New generation are complete from late July onwards.with Adults overwintering

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