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Hypseloecus visci
Family: Miridae

This small, dark, ovate species is covered in golden scales, the cuneus is narrowly reddish at the base and the pale tibiae have spines set in black spots. Males are much more parallel-sided than females, which are strongly ovate with the wing membrane sharply angled downwards.

The sole host plant is Mistletoe Viscum album, on which it may be found with Pinalitus viscicola.

A recent arrival in Britain, first recorded during 2003 in Somerset and since found in many parts of southern England.

Adult: June-August
Length 3.5 mm
Hypseloecus visci
Adult female: London (August 2010)  ©Tristan Bantock


Hypseloecus visci


Adult female: London (August 2010)  ©Tristan Bantock