Common Shorebug - Saldula saltatoria

    Description

    Length 4 to 4.5 mm.  This genus comprises 11 rather oval saldids which have an entirely dark pronotum and forewings which completely overlap. There are several very similar species which are often difficult to identify. In S. saltatoria, the most common species, there are at least two pale spots along the costal margin, although the pattern on forewings can be very variable. The dark streak on the centre of the fore tibia is not continuous with the dark base and apex.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found alongside waterways, ponds and ditches.

    When to see it

    Adults occur all year round but are most often recorded in summer.

    Life History

    A predatory species.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map