Yellow-legged Centurion - Sargus flavipes
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.
Sargus bipunctatus also has yellow legs but is much larger (12-13mm) compared to the smaller S. flavipes (7-9mm).
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It likes to sunbathe on foliage in sheltered locations, such as at the edge of meadows and woodland.
Mid-May to mid-October (peaking in August)
Larvae have been found in cow dung but also in pasture soil.
Widespread in Britain but sometimes scarce.
Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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