Spilostethus saxatilis Scopoli, 1763
Common names: Cretan Soldier Beetle [En], Punaise à damier [Fr], Knappe [De]
Körahmet, ARTVİN ● Turkey
Description: Spilostethus saxatilis can reach a length of 8.5–12.5 millimetres. Bodies are characterized by black and red markings of different shapes. Pronotum is red, with two broad, irregularly shaped longitudinal black stripes. The hemelytra (front wings) have black and red markings, while the membrane is usually black, without white spot. The outer edge of the corium is black. The connexivum is alternately red and black colored. Antennae and legs are black.
Biology: These polyphagous bugs feed on seeds and juices of various plants, especially Aspleniaceae, Asteraceae and Apiaceae. This univoltine species mates in May and June. The new adult generation will appear in August. Adults overwinter.
Habitat: Warm, dry open areas, meadows and fields, also on the rocks.
Distribution: Euro-Mediterranean-Turanian Region, up to Iran, most of Central and Southern Europe.
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