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Species Heterogaster urticae

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Lygaeoidea
Family Heterogastridae
Genus Heterogaster
Species urticae (Heterogaster urticae)
Explanation of Names
Heterogaster urticae (Fabricius 1775)
Size
6-7 mm(1)
Range
native to w. Palaearctic(2), adventive in NA: sw. BC & so. CA(3)
Season
adults present all year in the UK(1)
Food
hosts: nettles (Urtica), also reported on roots of Ammophila arenaria (Poaceae)(2)
Remarks
often forms conspicuous aggregations on nettles(1)
earliest record in our area: BC 2010(3)
in BC, may occur together with the native H. behrensii(3)
Internet References
Species page (Bantock & Botting 2010)(1)