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Hoplomachus thunbergii
Family: Miridae

A distinctive plant bug which should be unmistakeable. Note the pattern of dark markings on the head and pronotum, as well as the orange-brown forewings which have pale margins. The upper surface is covered in dark hairs. 

Found locally across much of southern Britain feeding on mouse-ear hawkweed growing in dry grassland habitats.

Adult: June-July
Length ~4 mm

Hoplomachus thunbergii
Adult: west London (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock


Hoplomachus thunbergii

Adult: west London (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock