Placochilus seladonicus is a species of insects in the family Miridae, the plant bugs.
Placochilus seladonicus mediterraneus Josifov, 1969
Placochilus seladonicus seladonicus (Fallén, 1807
Distribution and habitat
This species is present in most of Europe. It can be found on dry meadows, roadsides, as well as on areas with tall grassy vegetation or where the preferred host plants live.
Placochilus seladonicus can reach a length of about 5 millimetres (0.20 in). These small mirids show a dull, whitish blue or gray green body and big eyes.
Placochilus seladonicus is a univoltine species. Adults can be found from mid June to mid August. Eggs overwinter. Nymphs and adults feed on leaves and stems of various plants, especially on flower heads or flower buds of field scabious (Knautia arvensis) that match the color of adult insects.
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