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Phytocoris populi
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.

P. populi is a mottled grey-brown and black species in which the 1st antennal segment is black but has several white stripes (see image below). The dark and light bands on the middle tibiae are well-defined.

Widespread but not particularly common across Britain, this species feeds on small insects such as bark lice and psyllids and typically rests flat and well-camouflaged on trunks and branches. It may be found on a range of decidous trees including poplar.

Adult: July-October
Length 6-7 mm
Phytocoris populi
Adult: south London (July 2007) ©Toby Barton

Phytocoris populi
Adult, detail of head and 1st antennal segment: ©Toby Barton