Anthocoris nemorum

Anthocoris nemorum (Linnaeus, 1761)

Common flower bug

Morphology

Adult: 4-5 mm long, dark brown with head and pronotum often black. The hemielytra are glossy all over and the membrane often shows 3 white spots. The antennae are fawn with dark spots. The legs are also fawn with a brown spot on hind-femurs.
Egg: inserted in leaf tissues, just under the epidermis, near edge of blade, often in groups of 2-8.
Larva: light reddish brown with rostrum and legs yellowish or greyish.

Biology

This is a predatory, polyphagous species. It prefers to attack small prey such as: Acari, young stages of aphids, Psylla, small caterpillars.
There are two to three successive generations from May to October. The adult overwinters under bark or in dead leaves.

Modification date : 07 February 2023 | Publication date : 15 September 2011 | Redactor : Evelyne Turpeau, Maurice Hullé, Bernard Chaubet