Birch Catkin Bug Kleidocerys resedae

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Classification Heteroptera: Family: Lygaeidae

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Length 4.5-5.5 mm

Phenology All Year

Description , A rust-coloured species common on or around birch trees. Forewings are patterned and largely transparent, with the corium and clavus punctate. The clavus has three rows of punctures.

Key ID Feature Alternate banding - dark and light markings on the legs and connexivum useful ID aid

Life Cycle Overwintering as Adults , the bug emergies to breed in the early spring, whikst flying they emit a vocal mating calls using a strigil located on one of the hind wing veins. Larvae occur March-September there are believed to be a number of generations per year more so in southerly specimens

 James Lindsey at Ecology of Commanster [CC BY-SA 2.5 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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