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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. ochrotrichus is a medium-sized bright green species which is found on nettles and a variety of decidous trees, particularly elm. The length of the 2nd antennal segment is less than the 3rd and 4th combined. Extremely similar to O. prasinus, also found on elm, but this species is more blue-green in colour and has slightly shorter antennae. Examination of the male genitalia is ideally required for species discrimination.
Very common throughout much of the UK.
Length 5.0 mm
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