Rhinocoris punctiventris Herrich-Schaeffer, 1848 ♥
Syn.: Rhynocoris punctiventris Herrich-Schaeffer, 1848
Common names: Spotted Predatory Bug [En]
Tripotamos, VERIA ● Greece
Description: The genus Rhinocoris counts about 140 species in the world fauna. 28 species are recorded in the Palearctic Region.
Hairy bug of 14-19 mm length. The ground color is brown-black and red. The rostrum is red and dark brown, the antennae black.
The little specimen of this species can be confounded with the great size samples of R. iracundus but the venter of the first (except the black ones) bears lateral lines of black spots surrounded with a whitish/creamy halo, this halo never exists in R. iracundus which venter can be vertically or transversally black striped (an unknown condition in R. punctiventris).
Biology: It attacks and eats several kinds of insects (Hymenoptera, Hemiptera, Coleoptera). Adults are on grasses, trees or shrubs, nymphs often on the ground, under low vegetation.
Habitat: Phrygana, shrubs, grassy meadows, cultivated fields.
Distribution: East Mediterranean species known from the Balkans to Central Asia (Crimea, Iran), and Near East, including Cyprus.
Yildirim E., Moulet P., Külekçi G. & Bulak Y., 2010. Contribution to the Knowledge of Reduviidae (Hemiptera) Fauna of Turkey, Linzer biol. Beitr., 42/1