Essex Field Club on Facebook

Video about the Club Essex Field Club video

Cucullia chamomillae
find out more... Chamomile Shark larva Copyright: Robert Smith

Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
registered charity
no 1113963
HLF Logo A-Z Page Index


Essex Field Club

When you shop at Amazon DonatesAmazon Donates

Visit Our Centre

EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkWe are closed due to the Covid-19 situation, but we are otherwise normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday 11am-4pm, check. We are also normally open on Wednesdays 10am-4pm.

Species Account for Orthotylus rubidus

previous species | next species

Orthotylus rubidus  (Puton, 1874)
Heteroptera: Miridae

Maps produced by MapMate®. Data overlays Copyright © Essex Field Club 2021.
Reproduction for study and non-profit use permitted, all other rights reserved.

Click on dot to query records

Missing records?

member log-on for taxon report

Essex RDB: Listed

Records: 57
First Record: 2003
Latest Record: 2020

1992-on hectads: 6
Pre-1992 hectads: 0
Total hectads: 6
Additional Phenology Data


sorry, no pictures available for this species yet - if you have an image please upload it

Taxonomic group: true bugs (Heteroptera) - Available county data   
see British Bugs website
Please report any problems with this record:
VC error
GR error
Taxon ID suspect
Structural habitat suspect
Other problems, please explain here:


Essex Red Data List comment
National trend: Probable decline

Species text
Orthotylus rubidus is a small red bug which feeds on glasswort Salicornia in non-tidal (or rarely tidal) saline areas, such as seepages behind sea walls and banks. Old records are of little use, because it was long thought conspecific with the widely distributed O. moncreaffi, which feeds on sea purslane Atriplex portaculoides along much of the Essex coast, and both were referred to under rubidus. Groves (1973) reports a record of the species being abundant at Stanford in 1938 (D.C. Thomas in litt. to W.E. China). Colonies of this species are often small and may be either temporary or very variable in size. Its rather specialised habitat makes this a vulnerable species, and it is probably declining (P. Kirby, pers. comm..). References

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 3 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 18 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 57 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Orthotylus rubidus

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Orthotylus rubidus

Why not join the Club, register and add a new species page
Interpretation of distribution maps