Plant Bug: Phytocoris species

Subject: Very colorful bug…
Location: Eastern Kentucky
July 10, 2017 10:58 pm
I ran across this tiny guy in my yard tonight. I’ve never seen one before and googling hasn’t provided me any answers. Help?
Signature: Jennifer

Plant Bug:  Phytocoris species

Dear Jennifer,
We are nearly certain that this is a Plant Bug in the family Miridae, however an exact species identification has eluded us.  We could not find a matching image on BugGuide.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Eric Eaton Responds
You are correct, it is a mirid plant bug.  Genus is Phytocoris, but getting to species is almost impossible from images alone.  Great photo and bug!
I see Art helped on the beetle ID….
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

According to BugGuide:  “one of the largest and most complex of NA mirid genera.”

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