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Miridius quadrivirgatus
Family: Miridae

A large and long-legged species with a long 1st antennal segment and diagnostic markings; unbroken red and cream stripes run the full length of the head, pronotum and scutellum. The red cuneus is variable.

This species has a southerly distribution and is found locally between Suffolk and Pembrokeshire. Historically mainly coastal, it has recently become more common inland. It is associated with wall barley and other grasses in rough pastures or wastelands. Numbers tend to fluctuate greatly between years.

Adult: July-August
Length 9-11 mm
Miridius quadrivirgatus
Adult: north London (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Miridius quadrivirgatus Miridius quadrivirgatus
Adult: (July 2007) ©Andrew Warne

Adult: north London (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
Miridius quadrivirgatus Miridius quadrivirgatus
Adult: Surrey (July 2008) ©Laurence Livermore
Adult: Surrey (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock