Dahlmann's Leatherbug - Squashbug Spathocera dahlmanni

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Length 5.5 mm

Description Small brown bottle shaped Antennae short with distinctive thickened 1 st and 4th antennal segments but with thin 2nd and 3rd segments. Dark grey in appearance with blackish 4th segment The Pronotom is dark grey brown with distinct cream lateral margins. Small black scutellum has two small pale spots Connexivum is dark brown faintly plae band paler. Legs are in the main dark grey and spotted

Life Cycle Associated with Sheep sorrel Rumex acetosella Dry heathland or coastal grassy areas it is thought this species might ascend the foodplant at night to feed