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Megaloceroea recticornis
Family: Miridae

An elongate grass bug with a longitudinal furrow between the eyes, this species is distinguished by the extremely long antennae (the 1st segment alone is almost as long as the head and pronotum combined) and very long, slender hind legs. The tarsi are all dark. Unlike Notostira elongata, the tibiae and 1st antennal segments are covered with short spinose hairs.

While the body colour of adults varies from straw-yellow to green, the nymphs are green with two brown bands on the thorax.


A widespread and common species of grasslands, uncut meadows and woodland borders.

Compare: Notostira elongata

Adult: mainly June-September
Length 8-10 mm
Megaloceroea recticornis
Adult: south London (June 2007) ©Joe Botting

Megaloceroea recticornis Megaloceroea recticornis
Adult: north London (June 2007) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: detail of head and pronotum ©Tristan Bantock
Megaloceroea recticornis Megaloceroea recticornis
Adult: Surrey (July 2008) ©Ashley Wood

Adult: north London (June 2007) ©Tristan Bantock

Megaloceroea recticornis nymph
Nymph: north London (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock