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Another tiny Mirid of some kind - Parthenicus wheeleri

Another tiny Mirid of some kind - Parthenicus wheeleri
Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas, USA
October 27, 2006
Size: 1.5 mm
My continuing project is to photograph and identify many of the tiny specks that swarm around my garage light at night. Most are Midges of various types, but every once in a while I peer into my camera viewfinder and see something different. Here is a tiny critter, I presume a Mirid, that was among those I photographed last night.

Moved from Plagiognathus.

I found the correct name of this bug, and cancel my previous comments.

I am sure that this bug is Parthenicus wheeleri in Orthotylinae. According to Henry, P. wheeleri is distinguished by "the the pale testaceous dorsum (figs. 11, 12), occasionally with a few small red speckles on the head, pronotum, and hemelytra, especially in females, contrasted by the brown first antennal segment, scutellum, and hind femur; the lack of spots at the bases of the tibial spines on the front and middle legs and frequently on the hind legs (or with only very faint reddish spots on some basal spines)," etc. It is distributed in Texas and Oklahoma.

The linked paper shows the key, description, and photos of Parthenicus species, and you may confirm my new suggestion.

Moved from Plant Bugs.

It looks like a Plagiognathus species.

Another lovely image!
Another lovely image! Great work!

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