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Tinicephalus hortulanus
Family: Miridae

This small green species is covered in pale and dark hairs and is superficially similar to Amblytylus and Megalocoleus species. However, the forewings have a characteristic rusty suffusion, particularly across the inner half and the tarsi are almost entirely dark.

The host plant is Common Rock-rose Helianthemum nummularium and the bug is found locally 
in chalk and limestone grasslands throughout much of Britain.

Adult: June-August
Length 3.5-4 mm
Tinicephalus hortulanus
Adult: Kent (June 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Tinicephalus hortulanus Tinicephalus hortulanus
Adult: Kent (June 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Surrey (July 2012) ©Tristan Bantock