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Bug (Plant bug) Wekamiris auropilosus

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Insecta
Order:        Hemiptera
Suborder:   Heteroptera
Infraorder: Cimicomorpha
Superfamily:       Miroidea
Family        Miridae
Sub Family Mirinae
Tribe:         Mirini
Genus        Wekamiris
Species:  W. auropilosus
Binominal name:  Wekamiris auropilosus

Wekamiris auropilosus is a small, endemic, terrestrial insect in the family Miridae which are commonly called plant bugs, leaf bugs, and grass bugs. Most widely known mirids are species that are notorious agricultural pests that pierce plant tissues, feed on the sap, and sometimes transmit viral plant diseases.
Wekamiris auropilosus has been recorded from the NorthIsland including the east coastIslands of Waiheke, Tiritiri Matangi  and the Hen and ChickenIslands.