Friday, June 08, 2007

Mirid Bugs

Some of my favorite insects in this family are sooooo interesting in looks, colors, body structure, and of course their life cycles. Here are some links about some of the different species that I find amazing in their looks and what ever else makes them interesting to me and to any one else for that matter.

Hope you enjoy the links and learn something from them as I have! :)

Miridae - Heterotoma merioptera

Links to info and pics

For the last one on this you'll have scroll down a bit to get to it but I'll save you the trouble of doing all that by re-typing what the passage says. It does have a picture on it and it mentions it too:

This small member of the Miridae ( Capsid ) family
( only about 5mm long ) is quite common in southern
England. It is to be found on a wide range of vegetation
( seen here on White Dead Nettle ) and feeds on aphids,
other small insects, and also flower buds and unriped fruits.

When viewed directly from above, it appears to have conventional thin
antennae but, a side view reveals the broad paddle-like second segment
which readily identifies it. A second feature is that it appears to glide
over green vegetation as its green legs merge into the background.

There you go for that one. More? Sure!

Red Bug - Deraeocoris ruber

♥ Cambridge 8 Jul 2001
♥ Subfamily Deraeocorinae. Tribe: Deraeocorini
♥ Length: 7mm
♥ "Common in southern England & Wales. Larvæ and adults feed on small insects, especially aphids; they're found on many plants and bushes, particulary nettles. The amount of black and red coloring in the adults varies greatly but the males are normaly much the darker sex."

- Southwood & Leston

Source of info:

This site also mentions Heterotoma merioptera. Pics of both the bugs mentioned will be in the next entry. :)

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