Malthodes marginatus


    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.

    Similar Species

    Malthinus flaveolus.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    There are fifteen species in the genus and they are very hard to separate. For males examination of the appendages at the tip of the abdomen under a microscope is required. Females can't usually be identified to species.


    Well wooded areas.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread across Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 19 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