Orthotylus ericetorum

Description

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.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Good dorsal and/or side photos of adults are required to confirm species. 

Habitat

On heather. 

When to see it

June to October.

UK Status

Common bug on heathland throughout the UK, and sometimes even found on cultivated heathers.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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