A New Arrival

Adelphocoris quadripunctatus Habitat

Adelphocoris quadripunctatus Habitat

Adelphocoris quadripunctatus

Adelphocoris quadripunctatus

It’s not often you get to find a species previously unrecorded in Britain.  In this case that honour goes to Chris Lawrence, another WTSWW volunteer, who found Adelphocoris quadripunctatus just outside Beddau a few months ago.   This species of large Mirid Bug has subsequently been found in several nearby locations and now I have found it at Y Gweira, the WTSWW reserve on Llantrisant common.   It’s not known how long this species has been present in the U.K or how it arrived in Beddau, and of course its distribution remains a mystery, although it seems fairly common around the location of its discovery.  Whether it survives long term in the UK is another question, its distribution in the rest of Europe suggests it will, as well as how it interacts with our native species.   Not all “New” species entering the U.K are problematic, there are more out there than most people realise and most just settle down, find their place and just get on with things without causing any fuss at all, although there may be some initial elbow jostling.  Maybe A. quadripunctatus has been here for years, even decades, before Chris took that first photograph and thought to himself “I wonder what this species is?” maybe it will spread, maybe it already has?

Graham Watkeys