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Closterotomus fulvomaculatus
Family: Miridae

A fairly large and mainly brownish plant bug in which the upper surface is covered in flattened golden hairs. Confusion with other species is unlikely, although the long antennae and relatively long hind femora may recall Phytocoris.

Fairly common across the UK in hedgerows and low vegetation, feeding mainly on hop, although nettles and meadowsweet are also used as foodplants.

Adult: June-August
Length 6-7 mm
Closterotomus fulvomaculatus
Adult: north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Closterotomus fulvomaculatus Closterotomus fulvomaculatus
Adult: Surrey (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Closterotomus fulvomaculatus nymph Closterotomus fulvomaculatus nymph
Nymph: Berks (May 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson

Nymph: Berks (May 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson