Coranus aethiops (Jakovlev, 1893)  
In July 2012, an Assassin Bug nymph was found in an area of heathland at the Sherwood Forest CP. It's identity was unknown and at the time was presumed to be the Heath Assassin Bug Coranus subapterus. In late July 2017, we swept an adult (upper four photographs) from an area of Budby South Forest and when photographing it, presumed it was a female C. subapterus.

After reviewing the photographs and seeing that the underside was completely dark/almost black, we realised that the original identification was probably incorrect and the search for a male specimen continued until September 2021, when a male was eventually found on Budby South Forest, within yards of the 2017 female finding. The specimen was sent to Keith Alexander and then to Stuart Foster, who eventually confirmed that it was Coranus aethiops.
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Coranus aethiops male, photographed at Budby South Forest September 2021.
     
 
Coranus sp nymph (presumed to be C. aethiops), Sherwood Forest CP July 2012.
 
 
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Coranus aethiops 
 
Coranus aethiops male showing black underside 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Gary Joynt.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated September 2021

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