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Orthocephalus coriaceus
Family: Miridae

The two Orthocephalus species are very dark and rather squat plant bugs in which the hind tibiae are modified for jumping. The antennae are entirely black.

This species is distinguished from the similar O. saltator by the entirely dark hind tibiae. In males the corium is inwardly yellowish; macropterous and brachypterous forms of both sexes occur.


Widespread but locally distributed throughout the UK in a variety of grassland habitats.


Compare: O. saltator

Adult: June-September
Length 4-5 mm
Orthocephalus coriaceus
Adult female: Cumbria (August 2008) ©Peter Bolson

Orthocephalus coriaceus
Adult female: west London (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock