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Sep 23, 2010 8:23 PM

Bug identification

I think this is a bug of some sort - it was on the worktop in my kitchen.  The closest I've come to something that looks like it is a Nettle Ground bug but it doesn't quite match the photo in my book.  It was about 7-8mm long.


Can anyone id this for me please?

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    Sep 24, 2010 9:20 AM (in response to AngieC)
    Re: Bug identification

    Looks like Lygaeidae, but I do not know the species.



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    Sep 25, 2010 7:55 PM (in response to AngieC)
    Re: Bug identification
    I hope you don't mind, but I magnified and tweaked your photo a bit to get a  closer look.

    As Paul says, it's almost certainly Lygaeidae, and although I know  it isn't possible to get definitive ID's from photos, I'd agree with you that it  looks most like Heterogaster urticae, the Nettle Ground Bug. The banded legs are  said to help distinguish them from other similar species.It's also recognised by the alternate dark and light markings on its connexivum; which shows up nicely in your photo. (I had to look up 'connexivum' It refers to the border of the abdomen in bugs).

    I've got some on my nettle beds. They're said to have big get-togethers on  the leaves, but I've only ever seen them alone. If you see them doing that, it  will help nail your ID....and the close proximity of nettles, of course

    For comparison, there are some nice photos of them here:



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        Sep 27, 2010 9:38 AM (in response to AngieC)
        Re: Bug identification

        Colours can be very deceptive when trying to ID things from photos. Apart from different colour casts on images, I'm leaning that there's often a great deal of variation in both colour and pattern within the same species, so a lot of visual ID's end up being educated guesses rather than certainties unless a creature is very distinctive. Knowing this, being unsure is a very sensible state to be in


        I can recommend keeping a nettle patch in your garden. I have one which supports a big variety of butterflies and other insects. Lots of lovely subjects to photograph when the weather keeps you close to home.


        Glad to have been of help,



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