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I cannot tell a lie – I didn’t find this bug, it found me. As I was wandering around a local field, I glimpsed something flit up from the flowers and looked down to find it sitting on my t-shirt. Very obligingly, it waited until I got my camera out of my pocket and was then persuaded to climb on to my hand for some photos. Meet Stenodema laevigata, another of the Miridae family of plant bugs. This species is much more common and widespread, with over 3000 records currently showing on the NBN Atlas webpage, or perhaps it’s more often recorded because its slim shape and singular markings make it easier to identify.

220801 Stenodema laevigata