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Phytocoris dimidiatus
Family: Miridae

Phytocoris species have a distinctive appearance due to the long hind femora and long 1st antennal segment. Only Miridius quadrivirgatus has the same shape.

In P. dimidiatus the distribution of black on the pronotum is not sharply defined and the upperside is densely dark mottled. The pale bands on the mid tibiae are narrower or equal in width to the dark bands.

This species is very similar to P. reuteri and separation ideally requires examination of the male genitalia (right). The outer margin of the forewings is less convex and there is usually just a single pale band on the 2nd antennal segment, at the base.


Widespread across Britain on a range of deciduous trees, particularly oak.

Adult: June-October
Length 6.5 mm
Phytocoris reuteri
dimidiatus and reuteri claspers
Above: Adult: north Wales (October 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
Below: Left clasper of male P. dimidiatus (L) and P. reuteri (R)