Drymus sylvaticus


    Length 4 to 5 mm. The scutellum and pronotum are entirely black. This genus has a distinctively-shaped pronotum and the front femur has one large tooth and several small ones. The legs lack long hairs. Drymus sylavaticus is reddish brown in colour and has distinguishing long rectangular black marks which form a 'V' where the elytra come together in the middle of the back. Posterior part of the pronotum black (c.f. Drymus brunneus).

    Identification difficulty

    Amongst moss, grass and leaf-litter on dryish soils.

    When to see it

    Adults can be seen all year round.

    Life History

    Thought to feed on a range of plants including Black Horehound.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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