Pilophorus clavatus


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. 


On Willows. 

When to see it


UK Status

Locally frequent across much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Seems to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map