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Enoplops scapha Boat Bug
Family: Coreidae

A large and distinctive dark grey squashbug with cream markings on the connexivum. Early instar larvae have very spiny antennae and a green abdomen. Later instars are superficially similar to the much commoner Coreus marginatus but the abdominal tergites are more pointed.

A local species which is mostly confined to coastal areas between Kent and north Wales, favouring dry open habitats such as sand dunes and soft cliffs. The foodplant is scentless mayweed and other Compositae.

Adult: All year
Length 11-12 mm

see illustrated life stages chart
Enoplops scapha
Adult: Dorset (April 2011) ©Tristan Bantock

Enoplops scapha Enoplops scapha
Adult: Dorset (April 2011) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Dorset (April 2011) ©Tristan Bantock

Enoplops scapha Enoplops scapha
Adult: Dorset (April 2011) ©Tristan Bantock

Adults: north Wales (March 2006) ©Jim Clark

Enoplops scapha nymph Enoplops scapha nymph
Early instar nymph: Cornwall (August 2008) ©Ashley Wood

Late instar nymph: Cornwall (August 2008) ©Ashley Wood