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|Heterogaster urticae Nettle Ground Bug
This ground bug is recognized by the alternate dark and light markings on the legs and connexivum; the tibiae have three dark bands. In addition, the head and pronotum are covered in long erect hairs.
Found throughout southern Britain in open habitats, and recently recorded from the north (including Scotland), this bug often forms conspicuous aggregations on nettles, the hostplant. Adults overwinter, emerging and mating in the spring, during which the sexes may remain coupled together for several days. The new generation is complete from late summer onwards.
Adult: all year
Length 6-7 mm
|Adult: Berks (July 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson
|Adult: Surrey (August 2009) ©Tristan Bantock||Adult: west London (May 2008) ©Julian Oliver
|Final instar ymphs: Berks (August 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson||Adult and nymphs: Berks (August 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson