Taxonomy

Rhacognathus punctatus | Heather Bug

Distribution

Species Biology

Identification

Red or orange middle third to the tibia of the otherwise dark legs and a red line through the pronotum. 

Habitat

Raised bogs and heaths with abundant heather and low growing shrubs. 

Life cycle

Adults may be seen through the year, except for July. Nymphs are found from June to August. 

Similar species

The Heather Shieldbug is most similar to the Bronze Shieldbug but is smaller and has a red and less metallic ground colour. The red band on the legs is diagnostic. 

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

It is found in the northern third of Ireland, but is not common. 

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2020

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