Yellow-legged Centurion - Sargus flavipes

Description

Body length: 7-9 mm. Most specimens have yellow legs, though some are darker. It is smaller than S. bipunctatus, the only other similar species with yellow legs. Males have a green abdomen and thorax, whilst females have a black abdomen often with some purple reflections.

Similar Species

Sargus bipunctatus also has yellow legs but is much larger (12-13mm) compared to the smaller S. flavipes (7-9mm).

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Habitat

It likes to sunbathe on foliage in sheltered locations, such as at the edge of meadows and woodland.

When to see it

Mid-May to mid-October (peaking in August)

Life History

Larvae have been found in cow dung but also in pasture soil.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain but sometimes scarce.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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