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Phytocoris cf. insignis
Family: Miridae

Phytocoris species have a distinctive appearance due to the long hind femora and long 1st antennal segment. Only Miridius quadrivirgatus has the same shape.

P. insignis is extremely similar to the much commoner P. varipes and may be impossible to separate reliably. On average, it is slightly smaller and darker in colour with the darkest areas deep red. The 4th antennal segment is shorter than in P. varipes, but examination of the male genitalia is required for unambiguous determination.

A very scarce species confined to dry south-eastern heaths, particularly those in Surrey.

Adult: July-September
Length ~6 mm
Phytocoris insignis
Adult: Surrey (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock


Phytocoris insignis


Adult: Surrey (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock