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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map