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___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bugs 31 - Broad-headed Bugs

 

 

 

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BROAD-HEADED BUG Alydus calceratus

 

         This broad-headed bug Alydus calceratus (Alydidae) is the only member of its family to be found in the UK. The adult is believed to mimic black and red spider-hunting wasps belonging to the family Pompilidae (the dark wings reveal an orange area on the abdomen when opened) although the physical resemblance is superficial and this subterfuge perhaps has more to do with behaviour than appearance. The early stages are reported to mimic ants. This photograph was taken at a heathland site in Surrey.

 

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