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Henestaris laticeps
Family: Lygaeidae

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 a
ssociated with dry cliffs, feeding on buck's-horn plantain.

Adult: All year
Length 5-6 mm
Henestaris laticeps
Adult: Jersey (April 2009) ©Tim Ransom

Henestaris laticeps Henestaris laticeps
Adult: south Wales (July 2011) ©Tristan Bantock
Nymph: south Wales (July 2011) ©Tristan Bantock