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Tuponia brevirostris / hippophaes
Family: Miridae

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

T. brevirostris and T. hippophaes are bothuniformly green, although the outer edge of the forewings may be paler and is often whitish. The tip of the cuneus is white. They can be separated by the length of the rostrum, which is very short in T. brevirostris (reaching the fore or sometimes the mid coxae) and longer in T. hippophaes (reaching or exceeding the hind coxae).

T. brevirostris was first recorded in 2001 and T. hippophaes in 2010. Both species have been found in various parts of southern England and confirmed records suggest that T. hippophaes may be the more frequent of the two. 

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