Stigmus pendulus

Description

A mainly black bodied species.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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

Habitat

Generally found associated with twigs or dead timber, including fence posts where wood-boring beetles have left holes.

When to see it

The very limited data suggests the flight period is July and August, with a few records extending into September and occasional records from the second half of June.

Life History

Possible nesting sites are the small holes left by wood-boring beetles in standing dead wood or damaged trunk sections of Pedunculate Oak.

UK Status

Widespread in the Home Counties and spreading northwards through the central midlands, with scattered records from Dorset to Shropshire, Lancashire, County Durham, Yorkshire and East Anglia.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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MAP KEY:

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

UK Map