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Tuponia mixticolor
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. mixticolor has chequered reddish-brown forewings and the anterior section of the scutellum is orange-brown.

First recorded in 1979, this species is
now well-established on the south coast of England and coastal East Anglia. It has also been found on tamarisk in the London area. There are probably two generations a year.

Adult: June-September
Length 2.5-3.0 mm
Tuponia mixticolor
Adult: Sussex (August 2009) ©Brian Valentine

Tuponia mixticolor Tuponia mixticolor
Adult: Sussex (August 2009) ©Brian Valentine

Adult: Sussex (August 2009) ©Brian Valentine