Length 4 to 5 mm. Peritrechus species have only one or two small spines on the front femora. As in Scolopostethus, a pale spot is present at the sides of the pronotum, although this is not always obvious. In P. lundii, the wing membrane has a characteristic white spot at the tip and the sides of the pronotum are distinctly keeled. The basal half of the 2nd antennal segment is pale and the front femur bears a single spine.
Detailed examination of the specimen is needed to identify this species. A photograph alone is not normally sufficient because key features are not obvious and there are one or more similar species.
Often associated with crop fields but also found on grasslands, heaths and dunes, probably feeding on a range of host plants.
Adult: all year round.
Overwinters as an adult, becoming active in April-June when mating takes place.
A widespread but local species across the UK, although absent from upland areas and commoner in the south.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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