Scolopostethus affinis

    Description

    Length 3.5-4.5 mm. A difficult genus including some common species; all have one large and several small spines on the underside of the front femur. The sides of the pronotum have a large and obvious pale spot just behind the middle. The critical features in S. affinis are the short wing membrane (about 3 times wider than it is long), and the antennal pattern; the 1st and 2nd segments are pale, and the 3rd and 4th segments dark (although the base of the 3rd is often pale also).

    Habitat

    Common in leaf litter on a variety of soil, often below nettle clumps.

    When to see it

    Adult: all year.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map