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The only squashbug with such a broad and distinctly diamond-shaped abdomen. Nymphs have very pointed abdominal tergites, each bearing a strong spine.
Adults and nymphs are found in dry, open habitats feeding on campions, sandworts, spurreys and other plants in the Caryophyllaceae.
Local in southern England and south Wales, alhough many coastal in the west of its range.
Adult: All year
Length 9.5-10.5 mm
|Adult: Surrey (April 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Suffolk (August 2007) ©Stuart Read
||Adult: Channel Isles (October 2007) ©Tim Ransom
|Adult: east London (April 2009)
||Adult: east London (August 2008)
|Early instar nymph: west
London (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
||Late instar nymph: Essex
(August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock