Anthocoridae is 1.5– 5 mm long and have delicate, prolonged oval, level bodies, regularly designed in high contrast. The head is reached out forward and the radio wires are longer than the head and noticeable from above.

They have a penetrating and sucking three-portioned mouth or labium used to infuse prey with stomach related proteins and expend nourishment. By and large appearance, they look like delicate bugs Miridae.

Yet, Anthocoridae varies by their ownership of two ocelli as grown-ups. Anthocorids have two sets of wings with sclerotized forewings and membranous hindwings.


Numerous species are alluded to as slippery blossom bugs or privateer bugs. The logical name is a blend of the Greek words anthos “bloom” and koris “bug”.


NameMinute Pirate Bugs
Scientific NameAnthocoridae

Vernacular Names

English: minute pirate bugs

Finnish: Nokkaluteet

Distinctive Features

Following are the distinctive features of Anthocoridae:


It is found worldwide; most diverse in the tropics and the Holarctic Region. The family Anthocoridae incorporates between 500– 600 species in 80– 100 genera around the world.


The deliberate position of the Anthocoridae and close relatives remains to some degree agitated, and there is a particular requirement for extra ordered and phylogenetic work.

Decent variety of Anthocoridae has a tendency to be most astounding in the tropics and the Holarctic Region. Intensive faunistic ponders for some geographic areas are deficient.


The forewings are sparkling just on the cuneus and the external piece of the embolium (along with the external edge), and at the peak of the corium. The first antenna section is dull.

The second to a great extent pale at the base. The forewings are generally obscurely stamped contrasted and A. nemorum and the markings on the film likewise contrast.

It is exceptionally hard to isolate from A. nemoralis, yet the last by and large seems to have paler femora. The species is found on a wide range of deciduous trees and is normal and exceptionally boundless.

Grown-up: All year

Length 3.5-4.0 mm

Ecology Of Anthocoridae

Ecology of the Anthocoridae is given below:


Numerous species can be found in obscure living spaces, for example, nerves, yet can also be available in open surface conditions. They can regularly be found in numerous agrarian yields. Many are common on flowers and trees, some live under bark or in mammal/bird nests.

Food Habitat

They can eat plant material, yet for the most part, feed on other little delicate bodied arthropods. Anthocorids are frequently predacious both as fairies and grown-ups. They are gainful as organic control specialists.

pirate bug

Orius insidiosus, the “slippery blossom bug”, for instance, nourishes on the eggs of the corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea). Orius insidiosus is frequently discharged in nurseries against vermin and thrips.


Eggs are laid in plant material and incubate in around 3 to 5 days. Sprites require no less than 20 days to advance through five instars. Grown-ups live for around 35 days.

This little creepy crawlies can nibble people, with astonishing agony for such a little bug. Nonetheless, they don’t eat human blood or infuse venom or spit. In a few people, the nibble swells up, in others, there is no response.

Similar Species Of Anthocoridae

Following are the few similar species of Anthocoridae:

Fun Facts

Some fun facts about Anthocoridae are as follows:

fun facts

Apart from being fun, they may have some dangers as well.




Amna Shaheen

I have done Bachelors in Computer Software Engineering from Foundation University in 2017. Now, I am doing MS in Project Management and I am a blogger at TapeDaily. I am very passionate about plants and animals. I like to study about them, so I write blogs that are related to plants and animals.

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