Nettle Groundbug - Heterogaster urticae
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.
Open habitats - this bug often forms conspicuous aggregations on Nettles, the host plant.
Adult: all year.
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.
Found throughout southern Britain in open habitats, and recently recorded from the north (including Scotland).
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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