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Platycranus bicolor
Family: Miridae

Although similar to other green mirids (eg Orthotylus sp), this bug is the only one to occur on gorse in late summer.

The upper surface is covered in scale-like pale hairs and the clavus is darkened in males. The vertex is relatively wide in relation to the eye width.


Found widely on gorse in southern Britain and may be abundant where it occurs.

Adult: August-September
Length c4 mm
Platycranus bicolor
Adult male: Dorset (August 2009) ©Mark Dunkling

Platycranus bicolor Platycranus bicolor
Adult female: north London (August 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult male: north London (August 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Platycranus bicolor
Nymph: north London (August 2009) ©Tristan Bantock