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Macrolophus pygmaeus
Family: Miridae

Very similar to Macrolophus rubi but differs in that the 3rd antennal segment is only around 1.75 times as long as the 4th, rather than twice as long (visible here for left antenna). The scutellum is entirely green (never dark at the tip), the antennae are slightly shorter, and the adult length is also slightly less (although the ranges overlap).

Due to past confusion with M. rubi, the range of this species has been unclear. It occurs on hedge woundwort, and is known from Devon to Cumbria in many counties, so is at least widespread if not very common.

Adult: May - July
Length 3-4 mm
Macrolophus pygmaeus
Adult: South London (July 2007) ©Joe Botting