Lucerne Bug

Adelphocoris lineolatis


Over all length 8 - 10mm. The best distinctions are the large size and elongated body shape. The tibial spines are the same length as the width of the hind tibiae, and the obvious pale cuneus (tip of the fore-wing) and dark marks along the inner edge of the fore-wings also aid identification.


Grassland and hedgerows. They feed on leguminous plants, including clovers and vetches.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in England and Wales, less common in Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

July to October.