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Phylus coryli
Family: Miridae

Phylus bugs are fairly long and slender and all are partly predatory. There are three species in the UK, which can be separated with some reliability by the colour of the head and forewngs. Hostplant is also a useful aid to identification.

P. coryli is common throughout the UK on hazel. The forewings vary from light brown to black, with the cuneus usually slightly reddish.

Compare: P. palliceps

Adult: June-August
Length 4.5-5.5 mm
Phylus coryli
Adult: Notts (June 2007) ©Jerry Clough

Phylus coryli Phylus coryli
Adult: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
Phylus coryli Phylus coryli
Adult: north London (June 2007) ©Tristan Bantock Adult: north Wales (June 2007) ©Tristan Bantock