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Atractotomus parvulus
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. parvulus the 1st antennal segment is cylindrical, while the 2nd segment is thickened in females only. It is very similar to A. magnicornis which has a slightly longer 2nd antennal segment and is found on Norway spruce.

Found commonly across much of southern England at least on Scots pine.

Compare:
A. magnicornis, A. mali

Adult: June-August
Length ~3 mm

Atractotomus parvulus
Adult female: Norfolk (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock


Atractotomus parvulus

Adult female: Norfolk (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock