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Species Phytocoris varipes

Plant bug? - Phytocoris varipes
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Cimicomorpha
Superfamily Miroidea
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Mirinae
Tribe Mirini
Genus Phytocoris
Species varipes (Phytocoris varipes)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: Boheman, 1852
5.6-7.3 mm (1)
Distinguished from other western Phytocoris species by:
1) brownish yellow general coloration;
2) dorsum without dark scalelike setae;
3) ratio of eye length to width of vertex less than 1.20:1;
4) antennae pale yellow or brownish yellow, A1 slightly longer than width of head across eyes;
5) front tibiae with three red or reddish brown annuli;
6) genital structure. (1)
Oregon (Introduced. Wide spread in Europe and recorded from northern Africa, Asia minor, etc.) (1)(2)
From Palaearctic. First record from OR, 1956.
Internet References
1. Pinned and live images provided by Danmarks Blomstertæger.
2. Live adults and nymph images provided by British Bugs.
Works Cited
1.Revision of the mirine genus Phytocoris Fallén (Heteroptera, Miridae) for western North America
Stonedahl, Gary M. 1988. American Museum of Natural History.
2.A Synthesis of the Holarctic Miridae (Heteroptera): Distribution, Biology, and Origin, with Emphasis on North America
A. G., Jr. Wheeler & Thomas J. Henry. 1992. Entomological Society of America.