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Pinalitus viscicola
Family: Miridae

This genus contains several small plant bugs which are mainly associated with trees. The base of the 2nd antennal segment is always pale.

P. viscicola is a distinctively marked and rather colourful bug. The pronotum is green and the forewings mainly dark, with a wide semicircular pale area extending across the middle. The cuneus is green with a red tip and the wing  veins frequently red. 


This species is mainly confined to southern England and Wales and is found only on mistletoe, itself a rather uncommon and frequently inaccessible parasitic plant which grows in the canopy of various trees. 

Adult: August-October
Length c4 mm
Pinalitus viscicola
Adult: Surrey (August 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Pinalitus viscicola Pinalitus viscicola
Adult: Surrey (August 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Herefordshire (October 2009) ©Joe Botting