Ctenicera pectinicornis


    Length 14 to 17 mm. Large, unicolourous green metallic insect with very distinctive ridges running down the elytra and a sparse covering of hairs. A dipped line down the centre of the pronotum is present. Males have strongly toothed antennae that are longer then the head and pronotum, whilst females have simpler, shorter, segmented antennae.

    Similar Species

    Ctenicera cuprea is very similar but males of this species don't have such extreme pectinate antennae. The females are more difficult to distinguish with C. cuprea having less pronounced dentate antennae and C. pectinicornis females having longer projections.

    Identification difficulty

    Flower meadows on grasses and flowers.

    When to see it

    Spring and summer.

    UK Status

    A fairly wide distribution from northern England, down to Wales and Wiltshire in the south-west and Bedfordshire in the south-east. Most common in northern and western areas. Very scattered records in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map