Sminthurinus aureus

    Description

    It reaches 1.0 mm in length and is variable in appearance, usually being diffusely black, brown or yellowish in colour with no clear banding. The Sminthurinus aureus group has the 'small abdomen' (the animal's "tail end") wholly fused, while other UK Sminthurinus have a visible division between segments 5 and 6. The fourth antennal segment (ant4) is not subdivided. 

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    Habitat

    Found in leaf litter and low vegetation in almost all terrestrial habitats.

    When to see it

    All year round but mainly spring to autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map