Found this orange coloured bug on a honeysuckle and have so far been unable to identify what it is. It was about 5mm long and as can be seen in the photos had a distinctive orange triangle with a black mark on it on top of the front end of its body. The wings also have orange and black spots on the tips. Can anyone provide me with an id please?
I'm struggling on this one, too...
Some of these true bugs are very difficult to ID to species level (or as in this case even to genus).
My best guess is Deraeocoris ruber
But I can't rule out
But there are things with both that don't fit...
Thanks for the suggestions - I quite like Deraeocoris ruber but as you say there are things that don't quite fit. It does state that the female is more orange but the examples don't look exactly like mine. Do Miridae have differing colours within species?
I've been going through the britishbugs gallery and there's nothing with the actual colours of the one I found but the shape and overall layout of the bugs are definitely similar. Could it be a young example?
Yes, mirid bugs' coluration does vary within species, sometimes quite a lot.
No, I think it is an adult.
You could try emailing British Bugs for help.
If you get an ID, please let us know (especially if they use your photo!)
Had a very prompt reply from Joe Botting at britishbugs.org.uk and he has firmly identified this as Megacoelum infusum although quite what it was doing in my garden where there are no immediately nearby oak trees where it would normally be found I'm not sure.
I can see how your specimen has various factors in common, but yours does seem to be a rather different shape and colouration. Was Joe interested in using your photo (with your permission, of course) ? I think it would definitely be useful - filling-out part of the spectrum of variability in that species. I can understand, however, that it might not meet his requirements (whole insect, better depth of field).
As far as I'm concerned, thanks for providing good photos. They enabled us collectively to make the ID.
Hi MikeJoe didn't ask about using photo but as you comment
neither are complete insect and I've not yet got into focus stacking to get a better DOF. It's currently a case of 90mm macro + extension tubes. Fairly standard low level DSLR camera too!
Thanks again for your help, you'e a gteat id service going there. Long may it continue.
You don't need to go as far as focus stacking. Just a moderately small aperture. I can be pretty sure most the photos on Joe's site did not entail focus stacking. A 90mm prime lens + ext.tubes should be fine. I find f22 works best on my Micro Nikor 70-180 macro; by 'best' I mean best compromise between sharpness and DoF. And you'd be helped in this sort of scenario by using a lower magnification to frame the whole insect.
Thanks for your appreciation.