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Systellonotus triguttatus
Family: Miridae

A ground-dwelling bug which has a fairly characteristic appearance. The eyes are remote from the pronotum and do not touch it, unlike the similar and closely related Hallodapus species.

Males are macropterous, with two obvious pale marks on the brown forewings. Females are micropterous and strongly resemble ants.

A scarce species found locally across southern Britain in open dry habitats, where it is associated with ants. The adults and nymphs are partly predatory.

Adult: May-August
Length 3.5-4.5 mm
Systellonotus triguttatus
Adult male: west London (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock