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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.
Length ~3.5 mm
|Adult: Yorks (July 2008) ©Joe Botting
|Adult: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock|