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Oxycarenus lavaterae; 4th instar nymph Images of various life stages from first population of this species found in the Netherlands.<br />
Photos taken in Maastricht, 2016-10-20 Geotagged,Hemiptera,Heteroptera,Lygaeidae,Netherlands,Oxycareninae,Oxycarenus,Oxycarenus lavaterae Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Oxycarenus lavaterae; 4th instar nymph

Images of various life stages from first population of this species found in the Netherlands.
Photos taken in Maastricht, 2016-10-20

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''Oxycarenus lavaterae'' is a species of ''ground bug'' belonging to the family Lygaeidae, subfamily Oxycareninae. It is found on and feeds upon plants in the Malvaceae family, such as Lavatera, Althea, Hibiscus, and Malva. It forms aggregates to winter over, typically on lime trees .

Historical it was mainly found in the Mediterranean Basin, including North Africa, but beginning in the 1970s, it is has been found further north, into the Benelux counties, Central Europe and Eastern Europe.

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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By Pudding4brains

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Uploaded Nov 21, 2016. Captured in Salernolaan 6, 6229 HB Maastricht, Netherlands.