Leaf Bug

Lygus species

Description

Over all length 5 - 6mm. There are five species in this genus which are very difficult to separate. There are two that are more likely to occur at the Netherfield Lagoons, L. rugulipennis and L. pratensis but separating these two is still problematic. They are quite variable in colour and need microscopic examination to assign to species.

Habitat

Woodland edge and hedgerows, where a wide range of plants are fed upon.

Status and distribution

L. rugulipennis is widespread and common throughout Britain and the most likely species to be found in Nottinghamshire, although L. pratensis cannot be ruled out as it has recently had a range expansion and there are some tentative records for the Midlands.

Best time to see

All year.