Centrotus cornutus-treehopper-Bury Ditches hill Fort- Clun

Centrotus cornutus
Family: Membracidae

One of only two UK treehoppers, C. cornutus can be found locally on a range of plants in woodland rides and similar habitats.

The other species, Gargara genistae is associated with broom. It is smaller than C. cornutus, lacks the horn-like projections on the pronotum and has a shorter dorsal spine.

Adult: April-August
Length: c10 mm.. UK BUGs

Tingis ampliata (Lacebug) River Cam

Tingis ampliata
Family: Tingidae

Tingis species are grey-brown lacebugs covered in white powdery deposits made of wax. The 4th antennal segment is broader than 3rd and there are three frontal processes (small projections arising between the antennae).

T. ampliata is distinguished by the four rows of meshes at the margin of the pronotum and forewings. The two projections arising just behind the eyes (occipital processes) extend beyond the base of the frontal processes (see right). It is a common species on creeping thistle throughout much of Britain.

Overwinters as an adult and aggregates on the foodplant in the spring and early summer.

Cercopis vulnerata Red-and-black Froghopper (RSPB Lakenheath)

Cercopis vulnerata Red-and-black Froghopper
Family: Cercopidae

A truly unmistakable species, and one of our largest homopterans. The nymphs are rarely seen, as they feed on underground roots.

Adults are found in mainland Britain south of the Scottish Highlands, in a variety of wooded and open habitats.

Adult: April to August
Length 9-11 mm

Eurydema oleracea Brassica Shieldbug (RSPB Lakenheath)

Eurydema oleracea Brassica Shieldbug
Family: Pentatomidae

Species of Eurydema are dramatically coloured, usually red and black bugs, but often with other colour morphs. In E. oleracea the dark metallic green/blue-black ground colour is overlain with red, yellow, cream or orange markings.

This bug overwinters as an adult, emerging in the spring. Larvae, which are similar to those of the rarer E. dominulus, may be found May-July on a range of hostplants in the Brassicaceae. These include jack-by-the-hedge, garlic mustard and horse-radish. Well distributed in southern and central England.

Aphanus rolandri (kings Forest Suffolk)

Aphanus rolandri
Family: Lygaeidae

A large and very distinctive black ground bug with a dark red or orange spot at the base of the wing membrane; confusion with other species is unlikely.

A. rolandri has been found in a variety of dry, sheltered and well-drained habitats which have a thin covering of leaf litter or stones, such as chalk pits, cliffsides and (historically) cultivated arable fields. Adults overwinter, becoming active in the spring. The new generation is complete by August.

A scarce species known primarily from the south of England between Cornwall and Kent, with a scatter of records as far north as north Norfolk and the midlands.

Adult: All year
Length 6-8 mm… British Bugs

Enoplops scahpa Boat Bug (St Davids Wales)

Enoplops scahpa

Enoplops scahpa

Two adults and a first instar just in show to the left.

Enoplops scapha Boat Bug
Family: Coreidae

A large and distinctive dark grey squashbug with cream markings on the connexivum. Early instar larvae have very spiny antennae and a green abdomen. Later instars are superficially similar to the much commoner Coreus marginatus but the abdominal tergites are more pointed.

A local species which is mostly confined to coastal areas between Kent and north Wales, favouring dry open habitats such as sand dunes and soft cliffs. The foodplant is scentless mayweed and other Compositae….British Bugs