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Probably the most common species of this difficult genus. The forewings are entirely reflective (right), and the pronotum entirely black. The legs are mostly orange-brown, with variable development of small dark patches near the tip of the femora, especially on the hind leg. The antennae are largely pale in the 2nd and 3rd segments, with dark tips to the segments, and dark 1st and 4th segments (how reliable this is we cannot yet be certain). The dark patch on the membrane is typically hourglass-shaped.
The species is predatory, and found on almost any plants, but preferring lower vegetation to trees. Abundant across the UK. Compare A. nemoralis.
Adult: All year
Length 3-4 mm
Huddersfield (February 2008) ©Joe
Lincoln (September 2007) ©Michael
North London (February 2008) ©Tristan
|Adult: South London (April 2007) ©Joe