Harpocera thoracica (Fallén, 1807)
A common Plant Bug, Harpocera thoracica is a nicely marked member of the Miridae family and a common species found on a range of vegetation during the Spring. The sexes are dimorphic (the top two photographs show the male) and very different from each other and the short-lived males are difficult to find. There are many different Miridae Plant Bugs found across the UK and some will be familiar to most people with an interest in natural history.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Harpocera thoracica
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Wil Heeney. K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Tim Sexton. David Shaw.  Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014.

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Updated January 2024

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