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A conspicuous bug found widely throughout the UK, usually on nettles in woodland, and sometimes umbellifers and white bryony. The adults and larvae feed on both flower heads as well as small invertebrates such as aphids.
The chequered pattern of light yellow-white areas and striking orange-yellow cuneus make confusion with other species unlikely.
Eggs hatch in May and nymphs become adult in June and July, rarely surviving much beyond August.
Compare: Stenotus binotatus
Length 6-8 mm
|Adult: north Wales (July 2007) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: south Wales (June 2006) ©Ian Tew||Adult: Yorks (June 2008) ©Joe Botting
|Adult: Berks (June 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson
||Nymph: north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock