The diagnostic features of this isotomid are short dense setal cover, a bluish iridisation and pale legs. Juvenile stages are violet in colour.
Vertagopus cinereus has darker legs and lacks the blue iridescence.
On tree trunks, under dead bark and on bare wood. It is often found on fences near cracks in the wood where it seeks cover if disturbed.
Common and widespread.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
Enter a town or village to see local records
Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015