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Placochilus seladonicus
Family: Miridae

This bluish-grey species is covered in long dark hairs as in Megalocoleus, but the wings are uniformly coloured and never have a variegated or mottled appearance. There are adpressed black hairs on the tibiae as well as black spines.
 

A scarce species associated with Field Scabious Knautia arvensis growing in tall calcareous grassland. Known only from parts of southern England including Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and Sussex. The species was unknown in Britain until 1977 and seems very likely to be a recent colonist.

Compare: Megalocoleus molliculus

Adult: July-September
Length 5.0 mm
Placochilus seladonicus
Adult: Oxfordshire (July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Placochilus seladonicus Placochilus seladonicus
Adult: Oxfordshire (July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Oxfordshire (July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock