7-8mm. Black but with a green metallic sheen on the elytra. The legs and palps are dark brown.
This looks like a smaller version of P. cognatus but lacks the bicolour (brown+yellow)of the first antennal segment.
- black with shining metallic green elytra
- first antennal segment entirely black
- pronotum with a dorsal series of four punctures
- line at base of abdominal tergites relatively straight
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Commonly found in open woodland and heath-grassland.
Often found with Philonthus cognatus.
Widespread and fairly frequent over much of Britain.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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