The common flower bug

Flower bug

Flower bug

Flower bug

Flower bug

The common flower bug, Anthocoris nemorum, is common outdoors on shrubs and trees. It is 3-4 mm long, dark, has wings and a long thin proboscis. It sucks out plant lice, mites and other insects. It is easy to get into contact with these little predatory insects when picking fruit, or you can bring them indoors with berries or branches. The common flower bug often bites people. Perhaps they see us as giant aphids. The common flower bug’s bite is quite painful bad but there are usually no continuing effects. The flower bugs can turn raspberry picking into a dubious pleasure. Flower bugs are especially encountered in the late summer.

Flower bugs are useful animals, which help keep the aphids-population down, and it’s not reasonable to fight them with poison. People who are bothered strongly by the bugs must cover bare parts with clothing to keep the bugs from gaining access to bare skin.