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True Bug - Dilasia fuscula

True Bug - Dilasia fuscula
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
December 22, 2010
Size: 2.5mm
I found this one dead inside an old yellow jacket nest.

Moved tentatively
Moved from Lasiochilus. Keep an eye out for more Tom!

It is
Lasiochilus fusculus


Moved from Minute Pirate Bugs.

Id request
hmmm... Agree with other comments that it looks similar to the Xylocoris but you might want to consider Lasiochilus fusculus. The pubescence in Lasiochilus is much more pronounced. If you have the specimen, take a shot of its underside... if the scent glad on the thorax slowly curves backwards it's a Lasiochilus... if it turns forward abruptly then its Xylocoris. Looking at specimens on hand, the scutellum of Lasiochilus becomes "satiny" at around the midlength while in Xylocoris the scutellum is consistently subshining to shining! I put my bets on Lasiochilus as the image stands (haven't checked to see if there are subsequent shots though)

thanks much, Steve
let's wait for Tom's feedback: he may still have the bug, but other scenarios also possible

I just checked
and this is the only shot I took and I don't have the specimen anymore.

i'd put my bets on Lasiochilu
i'd put my bets on Lasiochilus at the moment. The hair is just too pronounced to be Xylocoris

you're the boss

hmmmm... macropterous fem. Xylocoris cursitans??
would be cool. they are apparently very rare.

You may be on to something
It does look like a winged Xylocoris cursitans, and I've found that species pretty common around here.