Heterotoma planicornis


    Length 4.5-5.5 mm. The broad and flattened 2nd antennal segment, dark ground colour and contrasting greenish legs make this species unmistakeable.

    Identification difficulty

    On various plants and trees, in particular nettles.

    When to see it

    Adult: July-October.

    Life History

    Both adults and the reddish nymphs feed on small insects as well as plant buds and unripe fruits. Eggs hatch in May, the nymphs becoming adult from June onwards.

    UK Status

    Abundant throughout most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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