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Orthonotus rufifrons
Family: Miridae

A distinctive dark plant bug which is covered in pale hairs, although the sexes are markedly dimorphic. Females are brachypterous and much more rounded in shape; the more elongate and parallel-sided males are macropterous. The 2nd antennal segment has a dark ring at the base in females but is wholly dark in males. Note the dark red head in females.

A fairly common bug
on nettles throughout England and Wales, often favouring damp woodlands.

Compare: Mecomma ambulans

Adult: July-September
Length 3.5-4.5 mm
Orthonotus rufifrons
Adult female: Norfolk (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Orthonotus rufifrons Orthonotus rufifrons
Adult female: Berks (July 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson

Adult female: Norfolk (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
Orthonotus rufifrons Orthonotus rufifrons
Adult male: Berks (August 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson
Female nymph: Surrey (June 2008) ©Ashley Wood