Slender-horned Leatherbug Ceraleptus lividus (Stein, 1858)
Ceraleptus lividus belongs to the Heteroptera sub-order Coreidae - often colloquially referred to as Squashbugs. Squashbugs are close relatives of Shieldbugs, but are much more subdued in their colouration. C. lividus is a species which we have come across on few occasions (but does include Eakring in Spring 2007) and is thought to be a species restricted to the south-east of the UK. Evans and Edmondson in their book A Photographic Guide to the Sheildbugs and Squashbugs of the British Isles, quote that records come from inland as far as Surrey and Bedfordshire and that it is possibly under-recorded. The latter part of this statement is almost certainly true on the basis of our findings. This one was found in Sherwood Forest in late May 2007 and others have been found at Warsop Main Pit Top and Hare Hill Wood near Kersall. With these records in mind, this is probably a fairly widespread species throughout Nottinghamshire.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Ceraleptus lividus
 
 
 
 
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Updated January 2016

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