Ministry of Agriculture
Adults of the anthocorid
Three nymphal instars of the anthocorid, A. melanecerus
Life Cycle: Overwinter as adults in and around orchards. Become active early in season. Three or four generations per year.
Monitoring: Limb taps will detect adults and nymphs.
Hosts: Aphids, pear psylla, mites, thrips, small insects.
Comments: Adult anthocorids (often called minute pirate bugs) have a narrow, pointed head, flattened, smooth body with distinctive clear markings on their back. They are distinguishable from deraeocoris by the latter's wider head and wider, more convex body bearing light brown markings (see the description of deraeocoris).
Body length: Adult - 2.0-4.0mm; Mature nymph - 1.8-3.7mm