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Both Henestaris species are easily recognised by the stalked eyes; the biological significance of this adaptation is unclear.
In H. laticeps the eyes are on long stalks which reach just beyond the anterior margin of the pronotum. These stalks are slightly reduced in H. halophilus, a much rarer saltmarsh species.
Found locally on the southern coasts of England and Wales where it is associated with dry cliffs, feeding on buck's-horn plantain.
Adult: All year
Length 5-6 mm
|Adult: Jersey (April 2009) ©Tim Ransom
|Adult: south Wales (July 2011) ©Tristan Bantock
||Nymph: south Wales (July 2011) ©Tristan Bantock