Tomocerus vulgaris


The genus Tomocerus is recognisable for having a very long 3rd antennal segment (ant.3). 
Unlike the more uniform iridescence of T. minor, T. vulgaris has transverse bands of iridescent scales, although these tend to wear off older specimens. 
the spines on the dens (part of the furcula) are non-toothed - c.f. T. minor

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Confirmation requires microscopic proof of the presence of non-toothed spines on the dens. 


To follow

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

To follow

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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