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Atractotomus magnicornis
Family: Miridae

This genus comprises three small black or dark red-brown bugs in which the upper surface is covered in flattened golden or silver hairs. The 2nd antennal segment is often strongly thickened.

In A. magnicornis the 1st antennal segment is cylindrical, while the 2nd segment is thickened in females only. It is very similar to A. parvulus which has a slightly shorter 2nd antennal segment and is found on Scots pine.

Found commonly across much of the UK on Norway spruce.

Compare: A. parvulus, A. mali

Adult: June-August
Length ~3 mm

Atractotomus magnicornis
Adult female: Surrey (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Atractotomus magnicornis Atractotomus magnicornis
Adult female: Surrey (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult male: Surrey (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock