A Grypocoris (Lophyromiris) stysi that is – the bug formerly known as Calocoris (Grypocoris) stysi. Though it’s a relatively common bug and can be found throughout Britain, this little dude has no common name so I’ve taken to calling it Grypo – those Latin names are just too long-winded to get my tongue around and not so easy on the memory either.
So, the Grypos are out in force at the moment. Their eggs hatch in May, they eat up large during June and July – mostly on nettles and umbellifers, though the odd snack of aphid also goes down a treat – and by the end of August they’re gone. They’re wee things, between 6 and 8mm long, so not always easy to spot but their distinctive patterning means they are, at least, easy to identify – not the case with many of Britain’s bug community.
Grypo is one of the myriad Miridae family, which includes more than 10,000 species of plant / leaf / grass bugs. As many members of Grypo’s extended family are stem-piercing sap-sucking plant pests, they frequently suffer from bad press. Rest assured, little Grypo is one of the good guys.