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Phoenicocoris obscurellus
Family: Miridae

A small dark bug which is covered in pale hairs and was previously placed in the Psallus group. Note the long tibial spines, which do not arise from black spots, as well as the  entirely dark cuneus.

Common across much of England on Scots pine; may be easily confused with Plesiodema pinetella.


Compare: P. pinetella, Psallus sp.

Adult: June-August
Length ~3.0 mm
Phoenicocoris obscurellus
Adult: Surrey (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Phoenicocoris obscurellus Phoenicocoris obscurellus
Adult: Surrey (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Surrey (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock