Balclutha punctata

    Description

    Length 4 mm. A highly variable species which is nonetheless reasonably distinctive. The vertex, as seen from above, is very narrow, and the pronotum sharply pointed anteriorly. There are three basic colour forms. The darker form has forewing spots in the same positions as the pale form, but extended into broad patches. It usually has an additional two dark spots on the pronotum. Other specimens are distinctly reddish or orange, with the same range of dark markings. The pattern on the scutellum often serves to confirm identification.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Detailed examination of the specimen is needed to identify this species. A photograph alone is not normally sufficient because key features are not obvious and there are one or more similar species.
     

    Habitat

    Usually found on grasses but overwintering on firs and other evergreens.

    When to see it

    Adult: February to November.

    Life History

    Overwinters as an adult.

    UK Status

    Reasonably common and widespread across Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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