Pithanus maerkelii


    Length 4 to 5 mm.  An unmistakable and rather ant-like bug which is almost always micropterous, although fully-winged females do occur infrequently. The connexivum, wing edges and 1st antennal segment are pale and the pronotum is swollen in the middle.

    Identification difficulty

    Found in damp grasslands.

    When to see it

    Adult: June to August (although males short-lived)

    Life History

    P. maerkelii is largely predatory.

    UK Status

    A widespread and fairly common species across the UK.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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