Deraeocoris flavilinea nymph

Whilst doing a little pruning in the garden this morning I came across this colourful little insect. It is a plant bug, the nymph of Deraeocoris flavilinea.

This is a fairly large bug when fully grown, and they are sexually dimorphic. The females are lighter than the males, and orangish-brown. The males are darker and more brown, with the front and rear margins of the pronotum being thin and pale. Both sexes have distinctive but variable yellow or yellowish-orange spots to the rear margin of each forewing (the cuneus). The tibial banding is brick-red. Length 7-8mm.

They feed on a variety of deciduous trees and shrubs, including Sycamore and Field Maple.

Seen June to July, and found in woodland rides and in hedgerows. This species of bug arrived on our shores in 1996 and has rapidly spread across southern and central England becoming common and widespread.

Photographs taken June 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire.

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