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Stenotus binotatus
Family: Miridae

A distinctive although somewhat variable species, which is fairly large and roughly parallel-sided in shape. 

Males are generally yellow with extensive dark markings on the pronotum and forewings; females are greenish-yellow with the dark markings much reduced. Both sexes become more strongly marked and deeply coloured with age.

Widespread and very common throughout much of the UK in a variety of dry grassland habitats, both nymphs and adults of this species feed mainly on the flowering heads of grasses. 

Compare: Grypocoris stysi, Adelphocoris lineolatus

Adult: June-September
Length 6-7 mm
Stenotus binotatus
Adult male: Worcs (July 2008) ©Brian Kilford

Stenotus binotatus Stenotus binotatus
Adult male: north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult male: Berks (July 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson
Stenotus binotatus Stenotus binotatus
Adult male: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult female: Worcs (July 2008) ©Brian Kilford

Stenotus binotatus
Adult female: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock