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.

    Similar Species

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

    Identification difficulty
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    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map