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Orthocephalus saltator
Family: Miridae

The two Orthocephalus species are very dark and rather squat plant bugs in which the hind tibiae are modified for jumping. The antennae are entirely black.

This species is distinguished from the similar O. coriaceus by the brownish hind tibiae. Males are always macropterous and females usually brachypterous.


Widespread but locally distributed throughout the UK in a variety of grassland habitats.


Compare: O. coriaceus

Adult: June-September
Length 4-5 mm
Orthocephalus saltator
Adult male: south London (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Orthocephalus saltator Orthocephalus saltator
Adult female: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult female: south Wales (June 2009) ©Barry Stewart