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Heterogaster artemisiae
Family: Lygaeidae

Similar in shape to the much commoner H. urticae, but smaller and lacking long hairs on the head and pronotum.
The tibiae have a dark ring at the base and the antennae are largely pale, particularly the 2nd segment.

Largely confined to southern England and south Wales, this is a scarce species associated with thyme growing in warm habitats such as chalk downland, quarries and sand dunes.

Adult: all year
Length 5.0-5.5 mm

Heterogaster artemesiae

Adult: Jersey (July 2010) ©Tim Ransom