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. 


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    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

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    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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