Species: Capsus ater (Capsus ater)

Family: Capsid bugs (MIRIDAE)

Category: Insects (Other)

Location: Widespread

A. Insects (Other)

More extensive information on insects can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Capsid bugs (MIRIDAE)

Capsid bugs form the largest family of true bugs, numbering over ten thousand known species. It is a certainty that there are many more, not least because they are small, and distinguishing even a single new member of the family from any of the existing members is a daunting task. Members of this family are often considered as pests that pierce the tissue of plants to eat their sap.

C. Capsus ater (Capsus ater)

This small bug (5-6mm in length) is reasonably common, even though it is thought to have originated in North America and now found throughout Europe.

It has an oval body and a distinctive pair of antennae which have swollen second segments, after which they narrow to the width of a hair. The head and pronotum (protective 'shoulder' shield) vary in colour from black to brown.

These bugs eat grasses, and are active between June and September.

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Capsus ater

Capsus ater has an oval body and a distinctive pair of antennae which have swollen second segments, after which they narrow to the width of a hair. The head and pronotum (protective 'shoulder' shield) vary in colour from black to brown.