Deraeocoris brevis (predator)

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Deraeocoris brevis nymph feeding on Cacopsylla pyricola (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Bradley Higbee, Paramount Farming
Source: IPM Images
Deraeocoris brevis adult feeding on Cacopsylla pyricola (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Bradley Higbee, Paramount Farming
Source: IPM Images

Deraeocoris brevis (predator) (Uhler, 1904)

This bug is a predator of aphids, pyllids and other small insects in western North America. For example, it is regarded as an important natural enemy of pests in orchards, and has been frequently found to prey on the pear psyllid, Cacopsylla pyricola.

The adults overwinter in cracks in the bark and pass through several generations per year. The nymphs are pale grey with dark marks, while the adults are dark, glossy and between 3 to 6 mm long.