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Mirid Bug

Observed: 2nd August 2009 By: Iris003Iris003’s reputation in InvertebratesIris003’s reputation in InvertebratesIris003’s reputation in Invertebrates
Aphid
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which a mirid bug (Malacocoris chlorizans) interacts

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Martin Harvey's picture

a bug

I don't think this one's an aphid, I think it's one of the true bugs in Heteroptera-Hemiptera (aphids are related but fall into another part of the Heteroptera: Sternorrhyncha). Aphids are usually more globular, and if they have wings they are usually held away from the body, or pitched like a tent, rather that flat over the body as in your photo. Can't suggest a species I'm afraid, there are quite a few small green true bugs and I'm not very familiar with them.

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Iris003's picture

A bug

Dear Martin, WOW! We were certain it was an Aphid[just shows were not very good with greenfly families!].

Iris

Martin Harvey's picture

possible ID

I had a quick browse through the galleries on the British Bugs website and have found a possible candidate for this one, which is Malacocoris chlorizans:#http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Miridae/malacocoris_chlorizans.html

Can't be certain that it is what you've photographed, but it looks very similar.

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Iris003's picture

Possible ID

Dear Martin, that does look extremely like our fuzzy photo but I've noticed one thing, our photo is shorter but rounder than the one on the website. Dad says it's my bedtime now, [poo!]

Iris

Martin Harvey's picture

size

See what you mean, but it looks like your photo is taken at a slight angle, while the ones on the British Bugs website are from directly above, so that could explain the difference? It's a nice bug in any case!

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