Scolopostethus thomsoni

    Description

    Length 3.5-4 mm. All members of this group 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. S. thomsoni  is almost always short winged, with a few scattered hairs on the forewings and the antennal pattern, although not absolutely reliable, is useful. Usually, the apex of the 2nd antennal segment is dark, as are the 3rd and 4th segments. Confirmation of this species requires views of the underside to check for the absence of mesothoracic tubercles - needs photos from the side with a clear view of the underside between forelegs and middle legs. 

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Confirmation of this species requires views of the underside to check for the absence of mesothoracic tubercles - needs photos from the side with a clear view of the underside between forelegs and middle legs. 

    Recording advice

    Confirmation of this species requires views of the underside to check for the presence of absence of mesothoracic tubercles. Need photos from the side with a clear view of the underside between forelegs and middle legs. 

    Habitat

    Found in a variety of habitats, but often associated with rich vegetation and particularly Common Nettle.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Abundant - occurring throughout Britain, but is less common in upland areas.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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