Black Kneed Capsid - Blepharidopterus angulatus


    Length 5 to 6 mm. A slender and parallel-sided blue-green species with black patches at the base of the rather bristly tibia ('knees'), parts of the antennae and at the posterior angles of the pronotum The length of the first antennal segment is roughly equal to the width of the head. The antennae are usually very long in males. The yellow markings on the scutellum and forewings are variable.

    Identification difficulty

    Deciduous trees, including Birch, Alder, Apple, Lime, and Ash.

    When to see it

    Adult: June - October

    Life History

    Partly predatory, feeding largely on red spider mites.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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