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Aphid predator (Hemiptera : Miridae)

Dicyphus ? pallicornis

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Acknowledgements

We are extremely grateful to Arp Kruithof for correctly identifying this mirid for us. We subsequently obtained species accounts and taxonomic details of Dicyphus pallidus from Munch (2013)  and Danmarks Blomstertaeger. 

For the mirid bugs we have used Southwood & Leston (1959)  and British Bugs  to aid in identification and for the key characteristics.

For aphids we have made provisional identifications from high resolution photos of living specimens, along with host plant identity. In the great majority of cases, identifications have been confirmed by microscopic examination of preserved specimens. We have used the keys and species accounts of Blackman & Eastop (1994)  and Blackman & Eastop (2006)  supplemented with Blackman (1974) , Stroyan (1977) , Stroyan (1984) , Blackman & Eastop (1984) , Heie (1980-1995) , Dixon & Thieme (2007)  and Blackman (2010) . We fully acknowledge these authors as the source for the (summarized) taxonomic information we have presented. Any errors in identification or information are ours alone, and we would be very grateful for any corrections. For assistance on the terms used for aphid morphology we suggest the figure  provided by Blackman & Eastop (2006).

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References

  •  Wheeler, A.G.W. (2001). Biology of the Plant Bugs (Hemiptera: Miridae). Cornell University Press.