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rugulipennis Tarnished Plant Bug
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. Characters given by Southwood & Leston (1959) are misleading; the above reference (Nau, 2004) summarises current knowledge.
Key features of L. rugulipennis:
- Pubescence on middle of corium very dense; lateral spacing of the hairs generally << hair length.
- Punctures on middle of corium closely spaced and almost touching.
- Very variable in colouration and markings.
- Smaller (5.0-6.0 mm).
Compare L. pratensis, L. maritimus, L. wagneri
Adult: All year
Essex (August 2015) ©Tristan Bantock
Detail of corium ©Tristan
north London (September 2008) ©Tristan
(October 2010) ©Will George
(July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
Yorks (October 2008) ©Joe
||Adult: Berkshire (March 2011) ©Jonathan Michaelson