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A very striking bug which is frequently found on or near oak across Britain, but particularly in the south. Females are usually paler then males.
The only possible confusion risk is the larger and more elongate Miris striatus, which has a completely yellow/orange cuneus and an entirely dark head.
Overwintered eggs hatch in April, the larvae feeding on unripe catkins and becoming adult from mid-May onwards.
Length 7-8 mm
south London (May 2007) ©Joe
|Adult: Cheshire (June
2008) ©Shane Farrell
||Adult: north London (May
2007) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Berks (May 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson||Early
instar nymph: north London (May 2008) ©Tristan
|Late instar nymph: north
London (May 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
instar nymph: ©DenisG