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|Arenocoris waltlii Breckland Leatherbug
Very similar to the much commoner A. fallenii, this species has always been a great breckland rarity and was thought to be extinct for many years, before its rediscovery in 2011.
Best distinguished from A. fallenii by the shape of the 3rd antennal segment, which is thickened towards the tip. The pronotum also lacks the two backwards pointing rows of pale spines.
There are no apparent ecological differences between the two Arenocoris species, both of which feed on Common Storksbill Erodium cicutarium in dry, sandy habitats.
Adult: All year
Length 7-8 mm
|Adult: ©Natural History Museum, London
|Adult: Suffolk (June 2011) ©Stuart Read
||Adult: Suffolk (June 2012) ©Paul Brock