Malthinus flaveolus


The greyish elytra bear a pair of yellow spots. Although this is a distinctive species there are others that are very similar and great care is needed with identification.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Although there are only four species in the genus they are very difficult to identify and require examination of a specimen under a microscope. M. flaveolus tends to stand out as being larger than the other species.


Hedgerows and wooded areas.

When to see it

June to August.

UK Status

Widespread in England and Wales, less common in Scotland.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 28 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map