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Oxycarenus lavaterae; Early 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,nl: Lindenspitskop Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Oxycarenus lavaterae; Early instar nymph

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

    comments (4)

  1. Most welcome to JD! Your work on this particular species is quite remarkable. Hope to see some more! An Hemiptera specialist is always most needed! Especially in this insect group (like so many others) that has a great variability in species and subtile morphological features that also have a remarkable importance when in a identification process. My best compliments, cheers! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Hi RM,
      Thanks for the positive comments :o) I'm not really a Heteroptera-"specialist", but it is one of the groups that I look into a bit more. The series of images for Oxycrenus lavaterae was shot because I was near the spot shortly after the species was first discovered in the Netherlands last month and I wanted to document it better for the species info page on waarneming.nl

      Other than that I do "unpopular" groups like Woodlice, Harvestmen, Earwigs, Roaches, Snakeflies, Scorpionflies and a few smaller groups of beetles.
      I see you are an entomologist. What groups have your special interest?
      Posted 3 years ago
      1. I work with them all, so to speak, my work implies insect species inventory, that surely are cross checked by specialists in the concerning groups. Heteroptera, Homoptera, Mecoptera, Blattodea, Mantodea, Neuroptera, Diptera, and others, are quite fascinating! My work (groups), nevertheless, are Lepidoptera, Odonata, Hymenoptera, for those we pay a special attention in listings, records, and inventory. You are most welcome! cheers Posted 3 years ago
        1. The groups you do are beautiful animals, but hard to shoot with my equipment (2-5cm working distance) ... really like your images of the Mantodea - excellent stuff! :o)
          Will see you around - Cheers!
          Posted 3 years ago

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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 4, 6229 HB Maastricht, Netherlands.