Lygus pratensis (Linnaeus, 1758)
This RDB3 Mirid Bug has increased its range dramatically over the past number of years. Lygus pratensis was formerly restricted to some southern heathlands, but can now be found in a range of habitats and still has a strange UK distribution. The nymph is illustrated in the lower two photographs. There are two Sherwood Forest records, one from Sherwood Heath SSSI in 2006 (Godfrey, A.) and by ourselves from Budby South Forest in 2011. Lygus species are notoriously difficult to separate.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Lygus pratensis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Jim Flanagan. David Shaw.

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Updated January 2024

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