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Macrotylus horvathi
Family: Miridae

A distinctive genus comprising three rather parallel-sided grey-green species, characterised by a dense covering of coarse, dark hairs on the forewings and a striking wing membrane pattern. The tibial spines are fine and inconspicuous.

In M. horvathi the 1st antennal segment is pale green as in M. solitarius, but there is a circular black mark at the apex of the wing membrane cells. The femora are also densely marked with dark spots.

A recent arrival which was first recorded in Kent during 2006 and is now well-established in the Thames gateway area at least. The bug feeds on black horehound.

Adult: June-September
Length 4.5-5.0 mm 
Macrotylus horvathi
Adult: Kent (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Macrotylus horvathi Macrotylus horvathi
Adult: Essex (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Kent (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock