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Nau, B. S. (2004) Identification of plantbugs in the genus Lygus in Britain
This genus is one of the most problematic mirid groups to identify. The five UK species can overlap considerably in colour, markings and size; some specimens cannot be determined. The most reliable identification features concern the fine detaill of the middle of the corium, and are visible only at high resolution.
Key features of L. pratensis:
- Pubescence on middle of corium dense; lateral spacing of the hairs generally = 0.5x hair length.
- Punctures on middle of corium separated by approximately a puncture width.
- Very variable in colouration and markings, but ground colour often pale with sharply defined dark markings.
- Larger (usually 6.25-7.0 mm, although smaller individuals sometimes occur).
Compare L. maritimus, L. rugulipennis, L. wagneri
Adult: All year
|Adult: Kent (August 2014) ©Tristan
Detail of corium ©Tristan
north London (August 2008) ©Tristan
|Adult: north London (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock||Adult:
Cambs (August 2007) ©Will
London (Octoberr 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
(September 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson
south London (September 2005) ©Toby
||Nymph: Berks (October
2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson