Sminthurinus aureus


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. 

Identification difficulty

Found in leaf litter and low vegetation in almost all terrestrial habitats. Often abundant under fallen leaves in autumn.

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.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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