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Various Bugs (Various families)

At this page we will deal with some bugs we haven't dealt with before. They belong to various families. Some of these are represented in our region by few species only, others are rarely seen in gardens. Assassin Bugs differ from shield bugs by a longer and more slender body, usually long, thin antennae. Assassin Bugs actually belong to two families: the Damsel Bugs (Nabidae) and the Kissing Bugs (Reduviidae). Another well known family is that of the Water Striders. Actually it is represented by various species in our parts, but these are extremely difficult to tell apart. Seed Bugs are also known as Ground Bugs. Usually they are dark. Most are small bugs, looking much like Plant Bugs. Often you can tell the difference by looking at the antennae: the Seed Bugs have antennae looking like those of the Shield Bugs. Those of the Plant Bugs are usually long, very thin and often one part is much longer than the others. Another difference between the two families is that Seed Bugs have ocelli (small simplified eyes on top of the head), Plant Bugs don't. The odd family of Lace Bugs is comprised of among others a number of species similar to leaded windows. The Scentless Plant Bugs have a transparent section (often referred to as 'windows) in their upper shields.


Photograph of Pyrrhocoris apterus
Firebug Pyrrhocoris apterus

The Firebug is a lively red bug with black markings. Despite the scientific name it is not wingless, but the wings are rudimental, so the firebug can't fly. More...


Family: Firebugs (Pyrrhocoridae)


Photograph of Corizus hyoscyami
Corizus hyoscyami

Corizus hyoscyami is often mistaken for the Firebug, however its head is red, the markings differ considerably and it is capable of flying. More...


Family: Scentless Plant Bugs (Rhopalidae)


Photograph of Stictopleurus abutilon
Stictopleurus abutilon

In our garden two Stictopleurus species turn up regularly. Stictopleurus abutilon is extremely similar to the other species, but lacks the glasses like markings of that species on the neck shield. More...


Family: Scentless Plant Bugs (Rhopalidae)


Photograph of Stictopleurus punctatonervosus
Stictopleurus punctatonervosus

Stictopleurus punctatonervosus is very similar to the species above, but is supposed to wear spectacles. More...


Family: Scentless Plant Bugs (Rhopalidae)


Photograph of Rhopalus parumpunctatus
Rhopalus parumpunctatus

Rhopalus parumpunctatus is a small and slightly hairy Scentless Plant Bug. More...


Family: Scentless Plant Bugs (Rhopalidae)


Photograph of Rhopalus subrufus
Rhopalus subrufus

Rhopalus subrufus is a very small Scentless Plant Bug. Easily identified by the great contrast between the whitish and reddish brown parts. More...


Family: Scentless Plant Bugs (Rhopalidae)


Photograph of Andromeda Lace Bug
Andromeda Lace Bug Stephanitis takeyai

This beautiful but very small Andromeda Lace Bug was first seen in the UK in 1998. More...


Family: Lace Bugs (Tingidae)


Photograph of Himacerus mirmicoides
Ant Damsel Bug Himacerus mirmicoides, larva

The larva of Himacerus mirmicoides perfectly mimicks an ant. More...


Family: Assassin Bugs (Damsel Bugs - Nabidae)


Photograph of Himacerus mirmicoides
Ant Damsel Bug Himacerus mirmicoides, adult

Adults of Himacerus mirmicoides are very similar to those of the next species, but have shorter antennae. More....


Family: Assassin Bugs (Damsel Bugs - Nabidae)


foto Himacerus apterus
Himacerus apterus, adult

The antannae of Himacerus apterus are always longer than the body is. more...


Family: Assassin Bugs (Damsel Bugs - Nabidae)


foto Himacerus apterus larva
Himacerus apterus, larva

The larva of Himacerus apterus looks like its parents, rather than like an ant. more...


Family: Assassin Bugs (Damsel Bugs - Nabidae)


foto Nabis limbatus
Marsh Damsel BugNabis limbatus

In many cases the Marsh Damsel Bug is best identified by the three length stripes running over the body. more...


Family: Assassin Bugs (Damsel Bugs - Nabidae)


photograph Gerris lacustris
Water Strider Gerris lacustris

Whether this Water Strider (also known as Pond Skater) really is Gerris lacustris is uncertain, for there are several almost identical species around. more...


Family: Water Striders (Gerridae)


photograph Kleidocerys resedae
Kleidocerys resedae

Kleidocerys resedae may appear in huge numbers. more...


Family: Seed Bugs (Lygaeidae)


Photograph Gastrodes abietum
Spruce Cone Bug Gastrodes abietum

The Spruce Cone Bug likes to feed on the cones of Spruce.more...


Family: Seed Bugs (Lygaeidae)


Photograph Megalonotus chiragra
Megalonotus chiragra

Megalonotus chiragra is a very dull, slightly hairy and unmarked Seed Bug. There are other very similar species. more...


Family: Seed Bugs (Lygaeidae)


Photograph Drymus species
Drymus species

The genus Drymus is comprised of several, very similar brown species. Usually they can not be identified from just pictures. more...


Family: Seed Bugs (Lygaeidae)


Photograph Drymus brunneus
Drymus brunneus

Drymus brunneus is one of the few Drymus species which are identified easily. It is brownish and especially the legs are partially brown. more...


Family: Seed Bugs (Lygaeidae)


Photograph Drymus ryeii
Drymus ryeii

Drymus ryeii has very light lines at the edge of the front wings. If you are lucky, that is... more...


Family: Seed Bugs (Lygaeidae)


photograph of Scolopostethus pictus
Scolopostethus pictus

One in a series of similar species. The legs are rather light and the antennae are light as well. Usually an adult Scolopostethus pictus is fully winged. more...


Family: Seed Bugs (Lygaeidae)


Photograph of Scolopostethus affinis
Scolopostethus affinis

Scolopostethus affinis is very similar to the previous species, except for the antannae, which are vicolour. And what's more, the upper part of the leg is darker. Finally it usually has reduced wings. more...


Family: Seed Bugs (Lygaeidae)


Photograph of Scolopostethus puberulus
Scolopostethus puberulus

Scolopostethus puberulus can be told apart from his brothers by looking at the bicoloured antennae. The light first two segments of the antenna are in sharp contrast with the two dark upper segments. more...


Family: Seed Bugs (Lygaeidae)


Photograph of Scolopostethus thomsoni
Scolopostethus thomsoni

The second segment of the antennae of Scolopostethus thomsoni has a dark top.more...


Family: Seed Bugs (Lygaeidae)


Photograph of Scolopostethus species larva
Scolopostethus species larva

The larvae of the Scolopostethus species can not be identified, for they all look the same.more...


Family: Seed Bugs (Lygaeidae)


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