Phytocoris varipes Mirid Bug

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Classification Order: Heteroptera Family: Miridae

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Length 6-7 mm

Phenology June-October

Identificationbase colour of P. varipes varies from pale pinkish brown to red-brown There is also longitudinal markings on the upper surface. The hairs on the 1st antennal segment are shorter than its width


P. ulmi is similar, but is more uniformly marked and the 1st antennal segment is thinner and has longer hairs.

Caution should be born in mind P. varipes may be impossible to separate specifically from the much rarer P. insignis, a much scarcer species limitted to southern heathland.

Life Cycle

Habitats Rough grassland feeding on flowers and fruits of a range of plants, it appears absennt from the far north of Britain.

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