Family Anthocoridae – Flower Bugs


32 UK species, 12 genera. The common name ‘flowers bugs’ can be misleading, as members of this group are predators on soft-bodied invertebrates. They will attack aphids and leaf-minng caterpillars as examples


Common Flower Bug Anthocoris nemorum

The pronotum is entirely black, and the dark patch on the membrane is typically hourglass-shaped. The legs are mostly orange-brown, with variable development of small dark patches near the tip of the femora, especially on the hind leg.

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Anthocoris nemoralis

The forewings are shiny only on the cuneus and embolium (along the outer edge), and at the apex of the corium. The 1st antennal segment is dark, and the 2nd partly pale at the base. The forewings are relatively darkly marked compared with A. nemorum and the markings on the membrane also differ.

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Anthocoris sp.

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Anthocoris sp.

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Orius sp.

Very small omnivorous bugs which feed mostly on smaller insects, larva and eggs, but will also feed on pollen and vascular sap. These are common predators in gardens and other habitats, and are good for keeping down pest species such as thrips and caterpillars.

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