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Mecomma species are sexually dimorphic; males are macropterous and females usually brachypterous.
Males are separated from the more local M. dispar by the entirely dark antennae and by the pronotum, which is clearly wider than the head.
Females have all dark forewings, the 1st antennal segment is dark and the 2nd segment is not clubbed. The dark head readily distinguishes this sex from Orthonotus rufifrons.
A fairly common species throughout the UK, inhabiting rank vegetation, particularly at woodland edges.
Compare: Tupiocoris rhododendri, O. rufifrons
Length 2.5-4.5 mm
male: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan
|Adult female: mid
Wales (July 2008) ©Joe Botting
||Adult male: Yorks
(July 2008) ©Joe Botting
|Nymph: Yorks (June
2008) ©Joe Botting