Heterogaster urticae -Nettle Ground Bug

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Heterogaster urticae Nettle Ground Bug
Family: Lygaeidae

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.

Found throughout southern Britain in open habitats, and recently recorded from the north (including Scotland), this bug often forms conspicuous aggregations on nettles, the hostplant. Adults overwinter, emerging and mating in the spring, during which the sexes may remain coupled together for several days. The new generation is complete from late summer onwards.

Adult: all year
Length 6-7 mm

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Both photos show an adult with their young

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