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Species Account for Metopoplax ditomoides

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Metopoplax ditomoides  (Costa, 1847)
Heteroptera: Lygaeidae

Metopoplax ditomoides

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Taxonomic group: true bugs (Heteroptera) - Available county data

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Records: 21
First Record: 2005
Latest Record: 2019

1992-on hectads: 6
Pre-1992 hectads: 0
Total hectads: 6
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Metopoplax ditomoides
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Metopoplax ditomoides is a small whitish and black groundbug found in dry places, usually amongst sparse vegetation. In Southwood & Leston (1959) it was considered a foreign, doubtfully British species, which had been recorded only once in Britain, presumably as a vagrant, as a single specimen on a rubbish tip in Hounslow, Middlesex. However it was already spreading from its western Mediterranean centre and had been discovered in Western Germany, the Netherlands and Jersey. Aukema (2004) writes about recent changes in the Dutch Heteroptera and notes a similar pattern of change as observed in British Heteroptera and involving a fair number of the same species including Metopoplax ditomoides. In Britain it has recently been found in north-west Kent (Clemons, 1998), it has been collected at West Thurrock PFA Lagoons in 2005, Pitsea in 2006 and several more new locations in the region. It has probably also been found at a number of other unpublished locations outside Essex. In August 2018, it was recorded at a former sand/gravel pit at Wivenhoe, Colchester, in north-east Essex. References

Species text last edited on Mon Aug 20th 2018 by user 169


Broad Habitat Data (based on 10 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 8 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 21 records with habitat detail and method information)

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