Berytinus minor

Description

Berytinus species are characterised by the short 2nd antennal segment (less than the length of the club on the 1st segment) and by the short hind femora, which do not reach the apex of the corium. In B. minor the club of the 1st antennal segment is black. The femora are not black-tipped and the head is shorter than the pronotum.

Habitat

This species occurs in a variety of grassland habitats.

When to see it

Adults overwinter, mating early in the spring; the new generation is complete from July onwards.

Life History

Feeds on rest-harrow, clover and lesser trefoil.

UK Status

The commonest and most widespread UK stiltbug.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map