Nettle Groundbug - Heterogaster urticae

    Description

    Length 6-7 mm. 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.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Open habitats - this bug often forms conspicuous aggregations on Nettles, the host plant.

    When to see it

    Adult: all year.

    Life History

    Adults overwinter, emerging and mating in the spring, during mating the sexes may remain coupled together for several days. The new generation is complete from late summer onwards.

    UK Status

    Found throughout southern Britain in open habitats, and recently recorded from the north (including Scotland).

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map