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Coriomeris denticulatus Denticulate Leatherbug
Family: Coreidae

A reddish-brown squashbug which is disinctly bristly, particularly on the pronotum, legs and antennae. The lateral margins of the pronotum are covered in white spines, each ending in a dark tip.

This species feeds on black meddick, Melilotus sp and other related plants in the Leguminosae, such as clovers. Mainly distributed in southern Britain as far north as Yorkshire. Associated with dry, open habitats on chalky or sandy soils.

Adult: All year
Length 7.0-9.0 mm

see illustrated life stages chart
Coriomeris denticulatus
Adult: north London (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Coriomeris denticulatus Coriomeris denticulatus
Adult: Norfolk (May 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Suffolk (May 2005) ©Stuart Read

Coriomeris denticulatus Coriomeris denticulatus
Adult: north London (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult teneral: Essex (July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
Coriomeris denticulatus nymph Coriomeris denticulatus nymph
Late instar nymph: Kent (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Late instar nymph: Essex (July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock