Scolopostethus decoratus


    Length 3.5 to 4 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. Scolopostethus decoratus is one of the easier members of the group to recognise as it generally has a rather bright and colourful appearance and the antennae are entirely black, with the exception of the base of the 2nd segment. The bug is almost always macropterous. 

    Identification difficulty
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    This species is associated with heather.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Local on heathland throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map