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Orthotylus ericetorum
Family: Miridae

Orthotylus is a large genus of predominantly green bugs. Many are extremely similar and
species identification based on external features is often difficult. The hostplant can be very informative.

O. ericetorum is a small species which is found on heather. The upper surface is covered in dark erect hairs, and the membrane veins and cuneus are variably yellow.


A very common bug
on heathland throughout the UK, and sometimes even found on cultivated heathers.

Adult: June-October
Length ~3.5 mm
Orthotylus ericetorum
Adult: Yorks (July 2008) ©Joe Botting

Orthotylus ericetorum Orthotylus ericetorum
Adult: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock