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Species Anthocoris nemoralis

Minute Pirate Bug - Anthocoris nemoralis
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 Cimicoidea
Family Anthocoridae (Minute Pirate Bugs)
Tribe Anthocorini
Genus Anthocoris
Species nemoralis (Anthocoris nemoralis)
Explanation of Names
Anthocoris nemoralis (Fabricius 1794)
3.2-4.2 mm(1)
very difficult to separate from A. confusus, but the latter generally appears to have darker femora, and the embolium is only partly shiny(2)
native to, and widespread in Europe, intentionally introduced in NA on multiple occasions (ON 1928, BC 1963, WA 1976), now widespread along the west coast (BC-CA)(3)
preys on mites, aphids, and thrips (lab-bred and used as biocontrol agent because of that); in BC, released to control the pear psylla (Cacopsylla pyricola)(3)
earliest release in our area: ON 1928(3)
Internet References
Species page (Bantock & Botting 2010)(2)