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Monosynamma sabulicola
Family: Miridae

This genus comprises three very similar bugs which are grey to grey-black in colour and found on willows. The 2nd antennal segment is much longer than the head width and the tibial spines are set in black spots.

All UK Monosynamma were previously considered to be M. bohemanni and
the three species are very difficult to separate. Although M. sabulicola is on average the broadest and has the longest antennae, a series of specimens must be examined for unambiguous determination. All bugs from the west coast are likely to refer to this species.

M. sabulicola is a scarce (Nb) species primarily associated with western sand dune systems, where stands of creeping willow in dune slacks are the host-plant. However, it has recently also been recorded from inland gravel pits on other willow species

Adult: June-September
Length ~4 mm
Monosynamma sabulicola
Adult: north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Monosynamma sabulicola Monosynamma sabulicola
Adult: north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
Monosynamma sabulicola Monosynamma sabulicola
Adult: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Monosynamma sabulicola Monosynamma sabulicola nymph
Adult: north Wales (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Nymph: north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock