Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Species chlorizans (Delicate Apple-capsid)
native to w. Palaearctic(1), introduced and established in the Pacific Northwest (BC-WA); first collected in 1959(2)
zoophytophagous on various hosts, incl. maple, alder, hazel, basswood, nettle(1), and ash; reported as a beneficial agent able to control outbreaks of small plant sucking arthropods, such as mites, aphids, whiteflies, and mealybugs (Guidone et al. 2008)
"The occurrence of M. chlorizans in ornamental situations from Seatle strongly suggests an introduction through the importation of nursey stock."(2)
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