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An elongate grass bug with a transverse furrow between the eyes, Acetropis gimmerthali is relatively broad and oval in shape and bears a superfical resemblance to Stenodema holsata. However, the pronotum is smooth, lacking obvious punctures and the head is as wide as the front of the pronotum. The length of the 2nd antennal segment is equal to that of the 3rd and 4th combined and there are a number of well-defined dark stripes on the upper surface.
Distributed mainly across southern and central England and Wales, this bug can be found in a variety of damp and dry grassland habitats, but is not particularly common.
Compare: Stenodema holsata
Length 5-6 mm
|Adult: Jersey (June 2008) ©Tim Ransom
|Adult: detail ©Tristan Bantock||Adult: Surrey (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Dorset (June 2009) ©Mark Dunkling
||Nymph: Surrey (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock