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Phytocoris ulmi
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.

The ground colour of P. ulmi is similar to P. varipes, but the upper surface is more uniform, lacking longitudinal markings. The 1st antennal segment is thinner and the antennal hairs are longer than its width (see below).

Widespread and fairly common throughout the UK in hedgerows and woods, particularly on hawthorn. It feeds on the flowers and fruits of a range of plants, as well as small insects.

Adult: June-October
Length 6-8 mm
Phytocoris ulmi
Adult: Herts (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Phytocoris ulmi Phytocoris ulmi
Adult: detail of head and 1st antennal segment ©Jonathan Michaelson
Adult: Warks (August 2008) ©Walwyn (Flickr.com)

Phytocoris ulmi Phytocoris ulmi
Adult: Berks (July 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson

Adult: south London (August 2007) ©Joe Botting