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)
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
'plant' + coris
~300 spp. in our area, ca. 700 spp. worldwide(2)
Adult is dark gray to light brown, mottled with yellow, white, or dark brown spots. No median line of white hairs, lateral margins of pronotum not sharply ridged(3)
Hind legs long: hind femora and tibiae about twice as long as mid & front femora and tibiae.
throughout NA and the world
shrubs and trees in woodlands, parks, orchards
nymphs from May to August; adults from July to September
one generation per year; overwinters as egg
one of the largest and most complex of NA mirid genera(3)
species are divided into four groups:(4)(5)
Group I: Wing membrane confusedly sprinkled with discolored or dark spots, or with numerous, minute, pale spots
Group II (Blatchley's Group III): Wing membrane marbled, uniformly dark brown or uniformly light colored, never with many minute spots; A1 > (head width); and antennae black or fuscous
Group III (Blatchley's Group II): Wing membrane marbled, uniformly dark brown or uniformly light colored, never with many minute spots; A1 < (head width); and A1 not red with yellow spots, but yellow, yellow with dark spots or brown to almost black
Group IV: Wing membrane marbled, uniformly dark brown or uniformly light colored, never with many minute spots; either [ A1 > (head width) and antennae pale ] or [ A1 < (head width) and A1 red with yellow spots ]
--note partly hairy antennae
Thomas Henry, 2009, A new species of conifer-inhabiting plant bug from Virginia belonging to the Phytocoris junceus group (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Miridae), with one new synonym, A Lifetime of Contributions to Myriapodology and the Natural History of Virginia: A Festschrift in Honor of Richard L. Hoffman’s 80th Birthday. Virginia Museum of Natural History Special Publication No. 16, Martinsville, VA.: pp. 287-293
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|3.||How to Know the True Bugs|
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
|4.||The Plant Bugs, or Miridae, of Illinois|
Knight, Harry, H. 1941. State of illinois.
|5.||Heteroptera of Eastern North America|
W.S. Blatchley. 1926. The Nature Publishing Company.
|7.||Miscellanea Miridologica (Insecta: Heteroptera)|
Michal D. Schwartz & Frédéric Chérot. 2005. Magnolia Press.