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Dichrooscytus gustavi
Family: Miridae

Dichrooscytus species are strikingly coloured plant bugs with scarlet and green forewings. The head and pronotum are green and the membrane veins scarlet.

D. gustavi is smaller than D. rufipennis and associated with juniper, rather than Scot's pine. The 2nd antennal segment is also slightly shorter (roughly equal to the width of the pronotum).

A scarce species historically confined to juniper growing on chalk downland in southern and central England. However, now also found more widely on cultivated forms of juniper, particularly Chinese juniper Juniperus chinensis.

Adult: June-August
Length ~4mm
Dichrooscytus gustavi
Adult: Surrey (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Dichrooscytus gustavi Dichrooscytus gustavi
Adult: Surrey (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Surrey (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock