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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 Northumberland. Associated with dry, open habitats on chalky or sandy soils.
Adult: All year
Length 7.0-9.0 mm
north London (September 2008) ©Tristan
(May 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
(May 2005) ©Stuart Read
London (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
Essex (July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
nymph: Kent (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
nymph: Essex (July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock