Platystomos albinus

    Description

    Length 7 to 10 mm. There is strong sexual dimorphism with the male having antennae as long as the body, but these are shorter in the female. There may also be variation in colour from grey to fawn and brown. The white markings vary in size and may be reduced or occasionally absent.

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    Habitat

    The adults are found on fungus infected Beech and Alder and occasionally on other deciduous trees.

    When to see it

    Late spring to early autumn.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on decaying and dying branches of deciduous trees.

    UK Status

    Mainly found in the southern half of Britain and never common. It is classed as nationally scarce "B".

    VC55 Status

    Rare and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Ketton Quarry specimens of 11th April 2014 are the first record of this species in VC55. There were only 5 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015 - all were from Ketton Quarry.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map