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Common Flower Bug - Anthocoris nemorum
Common Flower Bug - Anthocoris nemorum

Common flower bug
Common flower bugs (Anthocoris nemorum) is a species of the order true bugs (Hemiptera), the suborder typical bugs (Heteroptera), the infraorder Cimicomorpha, the superfamily Cimicoidea, the family flower bugs or minute pirate bugs (Anthocoridae), the subfamily Anthocorinae and the genus Anthocoris. This species is widespread in Europe, North Africa and Asia.
Common Flower Bug
Common Flower Bug
Adult Anthocoris nemorum reach body lengths of 3. 5 - 4. 5 mm. The common flower bug is oval in shape and dark in colour. The third and fourth segment of the antenna, the head and pronotum outshine in length, are built spiral. The head and pronotum are black. The hind legs have a dark ring on the outside of the thighs. Common flower bugs have shiny wing covers.
Anthocoris nemorum - Rear view
Anthocoris nemorum - Rear view
During spring they can be found on flowering plants in meadows, pastures, forest edges, gardens and parks. They mostly feed on aphids, mites and Psylloidea.
Common Flower Bug - Anthocoris nemorum - Front view
Common Flower Bug - Anthocoris nemorum - Front view
Common flower bugs mate in late summer to autumn. The females overwinter under bark, leaves or grass tussocks. From March on, they leave their hideouts and start hunting small insects. After mating, the fertilized females lay their eggs on the underside of leaves. The larvae hatch later and develop to maturity from May to June. The larvae of the 2nd generation develop within 8 weeks and are mature from September on.
Common Flower Bug - Side view
Common Flower Bug - Side view
Common flower bugs bite humans. However, they also prey on other pests and are therefore considered beneficial.

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1. Common Flower Bug - Anthocoris nemorum
2. Common Flower Bug
3. Anthocoris nemorum - Rear view
4. Common Flower Bug - Anthocoris nemorum - Front view
5. Common Flower Bug - Side view
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