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Tuponia brevirostris
Family: Miridae

This genus contains two very small bugs which are recent arrivals to the UK and feed on tamarisk. The tibiae are pale with long dark spines set in small black spots.

T. brevirostris is uniformly green, although the outer edge of the forewings may be paler and is often whitish. The tip of the cuneus is white.

A very recent UK colonist, this species was first recorded during 2001 from tamarisk in London and has since been found on the south coast of England. There are probably two generations a year.

Adult: July-September
Length 2.5-3.0 mm
Tuponia brevirostris
Adult: Kent (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Tuponia brevirostris Tuponia brevirostris
Adult: Kent (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Kent (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock