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Bug - Stenodema Laevigata
Bug - Stenodema Laevigata

Stenodema laevigata
Stenodema laevigata is a species in the order true bugs (Hemiptera), the suborder typical bugs (Heteroptera), the family capsid bugs (Miridae), the subfamily Mirinae, the tribe Stenodemini, and the genus Stenodema. Stenodema laevigata are found from Europe to North Africa and from Southeast Asia to East Asia.
Stenodema Laevigata - Top view
Stenodema Laevigata - Top view
Adult Stenodema laevigata reach body lengths of 7 - 10 mm. Their bodies are green, brown or yellow in colour according to the colour of their surrounding environment. As the colour of the grass changes throughout the seasons so does the colour of the bugs. Their heads are elongated and their eyes are positioned towards the back of the head. Their antennae and hind legs are very long.
Miridae - Stenodema Laevigata
Miridae - Stenodema Laevigata
These insects prefer to live on grasslands, but are also found in shady deciduous forests and coniferous forests. They live off the juice of several plants, for example, Alopecurus, Festuca, Triticum or Dactylis. Stenodema laevigata reproduce once a year. The fertilized females lay their eggs in June or July on the flowers of the larvae’s host plants.
The larvae suck the juices from leaf stems and leaves. In a later stage of development they swop to flowers and grass seeds. The larvae become adults from July on and overwinter in soil, leaf litter or dry grass.

Stenodema (Stenodema) laevigata
German namesGlatte Grasweichwanze
Danish namesSlank græstæge
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire))))), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia))), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Corsica)), Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal)), Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia)

Distribution by Synonymus:
Stenodema laevigatum   Sicily, Sardinia, North Italy, South Italy
CountriesAustria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
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1. Bug - Stenodema Laevigata
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