Scientific name: Corizus hyoscyami
Size: Approx 9mm long
Distribution: Found mainly in England and Wales
Months seen: All year, but most active from April to October
Life Span: Approximately 12 months
Habitat: Sand dunes, meadows and gardens
Food: Plant sap
Special features: Corizus hyoscyami (sometimes called the Black and Red Squash Bug) is a species of plant bug with distinctive orange and black markings, black legs and black antennae. It's covered in fine short hairs and the many veins on the forewings distinguish this insect from ground bugs.
The young Corizus hyoscyami bugs appear in August and September. They're brownish in colour and covered in fine hairs like the adults.