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Mirid Plant Bug

Irbisia sp.

Description:

Small, black plant bug about 5 mm long. It has a fine hair on the exoskeleton. The feburs are red and tibia are black. The membrane is a reddish-black. It's hard to tell but it looks like the eyes have a slight reddish coloring as well.

Habitat:

Lupine in coast sage habitat


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2 Comments

Thank you as always! It sure does seem to be I. brachycera, even down to the habitat. I'll also reach out to Michael :-)

bayucca
bayucca a week ago

Miridae, Mirinae, Irbisia sp., another tricky one. Obviously there is a sexual dimorphism, some female without reddish legs. Surface is also difficult to judge, depending one light and light angulation. Some you can easily kick out, others such as Brachycera (which is my favorite), Solani, Pacifica and Mollipes are not so clear to distinguish. Please, check yourself and check also location and range.
https://bugguide.net/node/view/238272/bg...
Solani, note black spot on the lower part of the femur, yours has no spot, so not Solani?
https://bugguide.net/node/view/384351/bg...
Mollipes: seems to be quite rarely seen, only 1 pic, brownish iridescence, so rather not yours:
https://bugguide.net/node/view/384072/bg...
My best match:
https://bugguide.net/node/view/401492/bg...
Why not asking Michael Schwartz?

California, USA

Lat: 33.00, Long: -116.91

Spotted on Jun 3, 2019
Submitted on Jun 3, 2019

Spotted for Mission

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