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On recent sunny days, Dock bugs, both young and old, have been out basking in the sunshine.

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I often find them on Bramble leaves and, occasionally, on the berries, though, according to the British Bugs website (which also has a helpful chart showing their different stages of development), they don’t eat these (not surprisingly, their main food source is Dock, as well as other plants in the Polygonaceae family).

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Though their brown colour is quite obvious on Bramble leaves, that same non-descript colour and their ragged shape mean Dock bugs (Coreus marginatus) can be very inconspicuous. I only spotted the one below because it moved.

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