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Tupiocoris rhododendri
Family: Miridae

First recorded in the 1970s, this bug is probably native to the USA. It feeds solely on Rhododendron and is now well-established in southern and central Britain at least.

The structure and markings are distinctive; note the black pronotum and white collar, as well as the antennal pattern. The eyes are placed relatively far forward.

Compare: Mecomma ambulans, Dicyphus
sp, Campyloneura virgula

Adult: June-September
Length 4-5 mm
Tupiocoris rhododendri
Adult: Sussex (June 2007) ©Brian Valentine

Tupiocoris rhododendri Tupiocoris rhododendri
Adult: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock Adult: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock