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Firebug, Pruhonice Park, Praha, Czech Republic

Observed: 17th August 2013 By: David Trevan
Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Soc
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These amazing insects were observed at the base of a tree where there was a cavity and some rotting wood. In full sun on a very hot bright day.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Firebug (Pyrrhocoris apterus) interacts


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In the UK

This species has long been restricted to a single colony on the south coast, but there are now a few other sites popping up so it may well start expanding dramatically in future. You sometimes get long-winged forms on the continent, which we never have in the UK (yet) - if those start appearing, then dispersal get much easier. Fingers crossed - I'd like to see more of this one. :o)

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Thanks for your comment!We saw two large colonies of this insect in Pruhonice, which is a large country estate, the home of the Czech Institute of Botany.It consists of large tracts of water, lakes, a river, central european woodland,and meadowland. Magnificent mature trees.It is a World Heritage Site, well worth a visit if you ever go to Prague.Nice to get feedback by the way!

David J Trevan