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Birch Catkin Bug - Kleidocerys resedae
Birch Catkin Bug - Kleidocerys resedae


Birch Catkin Bug
Birch Catkin Bug - Kleidocerys resedae belong to the family of chinch bugs (Lygaeidae). They are widepread in almost all of Europe.
Bug - Kleidocerys resedae - Front view
Bug - Kleidocerys resedae - Front view
The Kleidocerys resedae is 4 to 6 mm in length. Its body is wide and oval. It is reddish-yellowish-brown in colour and has glassy wings. At the head, at the neck and at the plate markers are black spots. Their wings, which exceed the length of their abdomen are largely bright and transparent. These bugs have glands, which release a strongly smelling secretion for defence purposes whenthey are threatened.
Birch Catkin Bug - Kleidocerys resedae - Side view
Birch Catkin Bug - Kleidocerys resedae - Side view
Kleidocerys resedae are commonly encountered everywhere. They feed on the juice (sucked out of leaves) from birch, willow and other trees.
Seed Bugs - Birch Catkin Bug
Seed Bugs - Birch Catkin Bug
The adult Birch Catkin Bug overwinter. After mating, the female lays its eggs on leaves. The larvae live on deciduous trees, where they are very sociable and may occur in large numbers. In summer, the larvae become adult bugs. In autumn, they go in search of protected places and are often found hiding in walls after the leaves have fallen from the trees.

They pose no problems when encountered in areas inhabited by humans and simply die there after a few days.
Birch Catkin Bugs mating
Birch Catkin Bugs mating
Birch Catkin Bug - Kleidocerys
Birch Catkin Bug - Kleidocerys


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1. Birch Catkin Bug - Kleidocerys resedae
2. Bug - Kleidocerys resedae - Front view
3. Birch Catkin Bug - Kleidocerys resedae - Side view
4. Seed Bugs - Birch Catkin Bug
5. Birch Catkin Bugs mating
6. Birch Catkin Bug - Kleidocerys
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