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Compsidolon salicellum
Family: Miridae

The pale greyish-yellow ground colour of this bug is often broken up by brown spotting across the forewings, although the cuneus is pale. The hind femora are dark, particularly towards the apex and there are dark marks on the wing membrane. This species was previously considered part of the Psallus group.

A common and widespread mirid in southern Britain, appearing relatively late in the summer. It is a predator of mites and sometimes appears in large numbers on bramble heads in August and September, although it can also be found on trees including hazel, alder, sallows, and apple.

Adult: July-October
Length ~4 mm


Compsidolon salicellum
Adult: Yorks (August 2008) ©Joe Botting

Compsidolon salicellum Compsidolon salicellum
Adult: Surrey (September 2007) ©Joe Botting

Adult: Berks (August 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson
Compsidolon salicellum
Adult: Berks (July 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson