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Campylomma verbasci
Family: Miridae

Campylomma species are very small pale bugs which have a characteristically short 2nd antennal segment (equal to or less than the head width). The tibial spines are set in black spots.

In C. verbasci the rostrum is longer, reaching the hind coxae and the 1st antennal segment has a black ring at the base in both sexes.

Found on mulleins Verbascum and sometimes other hairy plants such as hollyhocks Alcea in southern and central England. When disturbed it has a characteristic 'flitting' behaviour. The similar C. annulicorne is found on willows.

Compare: Plagiognathus chyrsanthemi

Adult: June-October
Length ~3mm
Campylomma verbasci
Adult: north London (August 2009) ©Tristan Bantock


Campylomma verbasci


Adult: north London (August 2009) ©Tristan Bantock