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The four bugs in this genus are distinctively shaped and have a highly punctured body and forewings. However, they can be difficult to separate.
This species is recognised by a narrow impunctate band near the corio-claval suture (below right). In the other members of the genus, the corium is punctured throughout.
Often found in drier habitats than the others, on sandy heaths and dry meadows, where associated plants include knot-grass and toad rush.
Compare: C. glandicolor, C. melanocephalus
Adult: All year
Length 2.5-3.5 mm
|Adult: Dorset (February 2011) ©Mark Dunkling
|Adult: Sussex (May 2010) ©Ashley Wood||Adult forewing detail, arrow marks impunctate band ©Tristan Bantock