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Species Account for Lygus pratensis

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Lygus pratensis  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Heteroptera: Miridae

Lygus pratensis on gorse Copyright: Raymond Small

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National status: RDB3

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Lygus pratensis on gorse
Lygus pratensis on gorse

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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

Species text last edited on Wed Apr 18th 2018 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 181 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 2 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 39 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 61 records with habitat detail and method information)

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