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Hemiptera nymph identification (Cumbria, UK)

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Old Friday 13th July 2018, 09:09   #1
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Hemiptera nymph identification (Cumbria, UK)

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I found this bug nymph about two weeks ago in an open area of mixed woodland near Carlisle. The first shot was taken in situ where it appears to be feeding on what looks to me like an owl-midge. The second shot was taken under a microscope later in the day. It was measured at just over 3mm in length.

My immediate reaction was that it was an Anthocoris species - but not a Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum) as I've seen plenty of these nymphs but never anything with this sort of distinctive patterning.

However, it's since been suggested that the body shape is wrong for an Anthocoris. I've worked through the British Bugs website (and others) but have not been able to find a match.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Thanks

Paul
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Earlier today I collected what I'm pretty sure was a bog-standard Anthocoris nemorum nymph (it was found close to an adult) of about the same size as the nymph in question. After photographing it under a microscope and playing around with the image in Photoshop I could just about make out the triangular patterning on its back. So I guess this was just an unusually bright example!
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