Identification & Distribution
Adults of Miris striatus (see first picture below) have a cuneus that varies from yellow to orange-red, but is never black tipped (cf. Rhabdomiris striatellus, which has a black-tipped cuneus). The adult body length is 9-11 mm. The nymphs (second picture below) are ant-like with yellow markings and reddish brown legs.
First picture above copyright Fritz Geller-Grimm under a CC BY-SA 3.0 licence.
Miris striatus is usually found on oak or hawthorn and overwinters in the egg stage. It is reported to be largely predatory feeding on small insects such as aphids and the eggs and larvae of moths and beetles. It has also been recorded feeding on aphid honeydew (Wheeler, 2001).
- Southwood, T.R.E. & Leston, D. (1959). Land and Water Bugs of the British Isles. Frederick Warne.
- Wheeler, A.G.W. (2001). Biology of the Plant Bugs (Hemiptera: Miridae). Cornell University Press.