Malthinus seriepunctatus

    Description

    A small beetle measuring around 4 or 5 mm in length. 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

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

    Habitat

    May be found on trees and bushes or visiting various flowers including umbellifers and thistles.  It is also occasionally attracted to light.

    When to see it

    A summer species most likely to be encountered between May and August.

    UK Status

    Widespread in the southern half of Britain, less well recorded further north.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland with few recent records.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map