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#1 2009-07-01 13:34:54

Hooklink
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Registered: 2009-06-28
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Can anybody help with this ID

I found this little insect on some grass,and I thought it was a beetle but I am not really sure, so any help would be much appreciated..
Thanks for your time

Stewart......


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#2 2009-07-01 14:25:09

Howard Bentley
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Name: Howard Bentley
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Re: Can anybody help with this ID

Not a beetle but a bug, order Hemiptera. It looks like Leptopterna dolabrata (family Miridae), which is common in meadows - but I'm no expert.

Howard.

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#3 2009-07-01 16:05:45

Hooklink
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Re: Can anybody help with this ID

Thanks Howard,spot on, Its a very steep learning curve??
Stewart....

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#4 2009-07-01 18:16:26

brianh
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Name: Brian Harding
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Registered: 2008-10-27
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Re: Can anybody help with this ID

I agree with the likely attribution.  However there are many heteroptera with similar appearance. The website www.britishbugs.org.uk/systematic_het.html will illustrate the most common.  Note Leptopterna ferrugata listed under the miridae is not dissimilar.

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#5 2009-07-01 18:55:44

Hooklink
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Re: Can anybody help with this ID

Thanks Brian,excellent web site I now have saved..
Stewart.....

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