Macrotylus quadrilineatus

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Macrotylus quadrilineatus
Miridae - Macrotylus quadrilineatus-1.JPG
Adult of Macrotylus quadrilineatus among sticky hairs of Salvia glutinosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Miridae
Subfamily: Phylinae
Genus: Macrotylus
Species: M. quadrilineatus
Binomial name
Macrotylus quadrilineatus
(Schrank, 1785)

Macrotylus quadrilineatus is a species of plant bug belonging to the family Miridae, subfamily Phylinae.[1][2]



The main host plant is Jupiter's Distaff (Salvia glutinosa, Lamiaceae).[3] This plant bug feeds on the juices of the plant and on small insects entrapped on the sticky salvia.[4]


It is mainly found in Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Romania, Switzerland, Slovenia, Poland and former Yugoslavia.[5]


Macrotylus quadrilineatus can reach a length of about 5 millimetres (0.20 in).[6] The body and legs color is black, with four white lines (hence the species name).


  1. ^ Biolib
  2. ^ 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, page 365. ISBN 978-90-71912-19-1. 
  3. ^ Schuh, R.T. 2008. On-line Systematic Catalog of Plant Bugs (Insecta: Heteroptera: Miridae). Discoverlife
  4. ^ Alfred George Wheeler - Biology of the plant bugs (Hemiptera: Miridae): pests, predators, opportunists Plants bugs
  5. ^ Fauna Europaea
  6. ^ Armand MATOCQ Description de Macrotylus (Macrotylus) ehannoi n. sp. Du Liban, suivie d'une cle de determination des Macrotylus de couleur noire (Heteroptera, Miridae)

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