Green Mirid bugs are extremely similar and species identification based on external features is often difficult. The hostplant can be very informative. Orthotylus ericetorum is a small species (about 3.5 mm) found on heather. The upper surface is covered in dark erect hairs, and the membrane veins and cuneus are variably yellow.
Good dorsal and/or side photos of adults are required to confirm species.
June to October.
Common bug on heathland throughout the UK, and sometimes even found on cultivated heathers.
Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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