Pilophorus clavatus

Description

Length 4.5 mm. Pilophorus species are rather ant-like bugs, which feed on aphids and have silvery bands on the forewings formed by pale hairs. In P. clavatus the posterior band is not continuous across the forewings and is displaced forwards in the centre (where it crosses the clavus). The pronotum and forewings are also covered in fine hairs.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Photographs showing key features required. 

Habitat

On Willows. 

When to see it

Summer-Autumn.

UK Status

Locally frequent across much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Seems to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map