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Scientific Name: Rhopalus subrufus
Common Name: Mirid Bug
This genus comprises four species in the UK; all are rather hairy bugs with largely membranous forewings, which are usually reddish in colour.
A common mirid bug of grassy and wooded areas, Rhopalus subrufus can be distinguished by the alternate dark and light bands on the connexivum (the flat, reflexed or vertical border of the abdomen), and the whitish tip to the scutellum which ends in two points.
Widely distributed in southern Britain, this species is often found on low vegetation in scrubby areas and woodland clearings. It is associated with many plants, particularly St John's wort (Hypericum), and overwinters as an adult, the new generation appearing in August.
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