Liocoris tripustulatus

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Liocoris tripustulatus
Miridae - Liocoris tripustulatus-1.JPG
Adult of Liocoris tripustulatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Infraorder: Cimicomomorpha
Superfamily: Miroidea
Family: Miridae
Subfamily: Mirinae
Genus: Liocoris
Species: L. tripustulatus
Binomial name
Liocoris tripustulatus
(Fabricius, 1781)
Synonyms

Liocoris tripustulatus or the common nettle bug is a species of plant bugs belonging to the family Miridae, subfamily Mirinae.[1][2]

Distribution[edit]

This species can be found in most of Europe.[3][4][5][6]

Habitat[edit]

These plant bugs are generally found on low vegetation.[7]

Description[edit]

Liocoris tripustulatus
Nymph

Adults are normally 4 to 5 mm long, darker brown with cream-coloured to yellow highlights. The scutellum shows a heart shaped marking, while in the wings there are two spots. Across the body is present a more or less visible clear band. This species is quite variable in colour. In springs the basic colour is darker, while the cuneus is bright orange-yellow. The new generation of adults is commonly paler and markings are less pronounced. Head width is about 1/2 of the width of the pronotum. Legs are pale yellowish, striped with black rings. Tibiae show short dark spines.[8][9]

Biology[edit]

Adults can be found all year. Following mating, females may survive until mid-summer, when the adults of the new generation appear.[8] The primary food of these bugs in all stages of development is nettles.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Hudec K., Kolibáč J., Laštůvka Z., Peňáz M. a kol. (2007): Příroda České republiky: průvodce faunou, Academia
  • Kerzhner I. M.; Josifov M. (1999). "Family Miridae". In Aukema, Berend; Rieger, Christian. Catalogue of the Heteroptera of the Palaearctic Region. 3, Cimicomorpha II. Amsterdam: Netherlands Entomological Society. pp. 1–577, pages 108 & 109. ISBN 978-90-71912-19-1.
  • Kment P. (2013) - Preliminary check-list of the Heteroptera of Czech Republic
  • Schwartz, Michael D. & Foottit, Robert G. (1998). Revision of the Nearctic species of the genus Lygus Hahn, with a review of the Palearctic species (Heteroptera: Miridae). Memoirs of Entomology International number 10. Gainesville, Florida: Associated Publishers. ISBN 978-1-56665-066-3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biolib
  2. ^ NCBI
  3. ^ Kerzhner I. M.; Josifov M. (1999). "Family Miridae". In Aukema, Berend; Rieger, Christian. Catalogue of the Heteroptera of the Palaearctic Region. 3, Cimicomorpha II. Amsterdam: Netherlands Entomological Society. pp. 1–577, pages 108 & 109. ISBN 978-90-71912-19-1. 
  4. ^ Schwartz, Michael D. & Foottit, Robert G. (1998). Revision of the Nearctic species of the genus Lygus Hahn, with a review of the Palearctic species (Heteroptera: Miridae). Memoirs of Entomology International number 10. Gainesville, Florida: Associated Publishers. ISBN 978-1-56665-066-3. 
  5. ^ Fauna europea
  6. ^ GBIF
  7. ^ Eakringbirds
  8. ^ a b c British Bugs
  9. ^ UK Wildlife

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