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Similar in shape to the much commoner H. urticae, but smaller and lacking long hairs on the head and pronotum.
The tibiae have a dark ring at the base and the antennae are largely pale, particularly the 2nd segment.
Finall instar nymphs have a distinctive white band across the posterior margin of the pronotum.
Largely confined to southern England and south Wales, this is a very scarce species associated with Wild Thyme Thymus polytrichus growing in warm habitats such as chalk downland, quarries and sand dunes.
Adult: all year
Length 5.0-5.5 mm
Jersey (July 2010) ©Tim
|Nymph: Gloucestershire (July 2006) ©John Widgery