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Macrotylus solitarius
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. solitarius the 1st antennal segment is pale green and the wing membrane lacks a dark spot, as in M. horvathi.

Found locally on hedge woundwort across much of England and Wales, particularly where it grows at woodland edges.

Adult: June-August
Length 5 mm 
Macrotylus solitarius
Adult: Surrey (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Macrotylus solitarius Macrotylus solitarius
Adult: Surrey (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Surrey (June 2009) ©Ashley Wood
Macrotylus solitarius
Nymph: Surrey (June 2009) ©Ashley Wood