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A small, black, glossy bug which has a rather flattened appearance. The head is narrow and appears partly sunk into the body and the pronotum has a broad band of punctures across the posterior margin. A number of long and sparse hairs are present, including several on the head and one on the front tibiae (see below). P. brevipennis is usually brachypterous.
Found locally across much of southern Britain, although rare further north, this species favours open sparsely-vegetated habitats such as dry grasslands, heaths, quarries and sand dunes. Adults overwinter and the new generation is complete from late July onwards.
Adult: ~All year
Length 2-3 mm
|Adult: east London (May 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult macropter: east London (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult macropter: east London (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock