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Key to the Rhopalidae of Central Europe (German)
In contrast to other rhopalids, Myrmus miriformis and Chorosoma schillingi are rather hairless as adults and elongate in shape, bearing a superficial resemblance to some of the mirid grass bugs.
M. miriformis males have two colour morphs: a green form (marked with red) and a brown form, while females are always green. The sexes also differ markedly in size; females are larger and more oval. This species is usually brachypterous.
Distributed throughout England and Wales at least, this is a common bug in dry and damp grassland habitats, feeding on the leaves and unripe seeds of various grasses.
Length 6-8 mm (male) 8.5-10 mm (female)
|Adult pair (male green form): Norfolk (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult female: Surrey (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult female: Norfolk (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock|
|Adult male (green form): Norfolk (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult male (macropter): Surrey (July 2009) ©Ashley Wood
|Adult male (green form): Dorset (July 2009) ©Mark Dunkling
||Adult male (brown form): north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Nymph: Surrey (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
||Nymph: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock