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Cymus claviculus
Family: Lygaeidae

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

Cymus claviculus
Adult: Dorset (February 2011) ©Mark Dunkling

Cymus claviculus detail of punctation
Adult: Sussex (May 2010) ©Ashley Wood Adult forewing detail, arrow marks impunctate band ©Tristan Bantock