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Mirid

Paul Iddon

Moderator
Mirid bugs are common wherever there is an abundant food source. Some mirid species prey exclusively on soft-bodied invertebrates, while others also feed on plant sap if they have depleted prey numbers, causing distorted leaf growth and leaving puncture marks in fruits. (Source)

These were on a bedding plant close to the apple tree - the tree is where I usually find the miridae, so not really sure why this one was down there...

I can't say whether this one is carnivorous or not, but it seemed interested in an aphid.








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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Paul,

Is it simply draining the juices out of the aphid or ripping it apart?

Do they inject enzymes first?

Asher
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
I have been reading as I always do when I get taught sonething new and fascinating by pictures here!

Interesting that there are 10,000 known species of Mirid insects and many more to be catalogued.

Paul, do your seem to fly or they are strictly terrestrial. They have wings, for sure but no oculi which flying insects seem to always have!

Asher
 

Paul Iddon

Moderator
I saw more this morning Asher. Yes, they fly - the first one I saw today went from the rose flower to the fuchsia shrub.

Here is a crop of the working end to show that amazing proboscis...



Paul.
 

Paul Iddon

Moderator
There is way too much for a mere mortal on his own to know. The combined minds of a thousand would likely not even have enough knowledge to know it all.

I'm happy in my ignorance and the discovery that follows...

Paul.
 
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