Species Account for Lygus pratensis
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Taxonomic group: true bugs (Heteroptera) - Part county data
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Although on the continent L. pratensis has apparently always been a polyphagous species found in weedy places, and there's been the occasional British record definitely not connected with old woodland, in Britain it has previously been considered a rare woodland ride and edge bug. In the last few years however, the bug has been widely recorded in the south-east, Hampshire to Kent to Essex to Berkshire. The scattered old colonies may have spread, or there may have been a secondary wave of continental immigration. When the Essex Red Data list was prepared, it had not been recorded from Essex, but since 2000 P.R. Harvey and others have collected it in an increasing number of locations, first in South Essex and then North Essex. References