Scolopostethus grandis


    A difficult genus including some common species; all have one large and several small spines on the front femur. The sides of the pronotum are keeled and have a large and obvious pale spot just behind the middle. Underside characters are important in most species and specimens should be collected for reliable identification. Scolopostethus grandis has a length of 3.9 to 4.6 mm, the 1st antennal segment is pale and the 2nd partly darkened. The mesosternum (the area of the abdominal underside in front of the middle legs) bears a pair of obvious curved tubercles in males and a pair of smaller inconspicuous tubercles in females. These are usually very difficult to see in live specimens or photographs. Adults may be brachypterous or macropterous.

    Similar Species

    Compare: S. affinis, S. thomsoni, S. puberulus.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined in detail. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


    Found in leaf litter in various habitats.

    When to see it

    Adult: All year

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in England.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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