|Cercopis sanguinolenta, dorsal view|
|Cercopis sanguinolenta |
The adults reach 6–11 millimetres (0.24–0.43 in) of length and can be encountered from May through July on herbaceous plants and shrubs, mainly in meadows and woodland edges, feeding on the sap of plants. These insects are fit to fly, but often prefer to jump away using their hind legs.
The basic coloration of the body is black, with bright red marks on the elytra. Cercopis sanguinolenta is very similar to Cercopis vulnerata, but in the first species the red stripes on the wings are smaller and the last stripe near the rear margin is only slightly curved, while in Cercopis vulnerata it is U-shaped. Furthermore Cercopis sanguinolenta has a few black spots of various sizes in the ventral plates of the 'connexivum'.
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