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180620 Grypocoris stysi (1)

On day 20 of #30DaysWild, I went looking for plant bugs – it is National Insect Week after all – and I found newly opened umbellifer flower heads fairly swarming with the unmistakeable plant bug, Grypocoris stysi. Look for them during June and July, mostly feasting on the pollen of umbellifer and nettle flowers, though they’re also quite partial to the occasional aphid. There are over 10,000 species of plant / leaf / grass bugs, but little Grypo’s distinctive markings mean it’s one that’s easy to identify.