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This genus comprises five very small and almost entirely black bugs with rather broad hind femora. Halticus species are similar, but have longer antennae (> body length). The 2nd antennal segment in Chlamydatus is < head width.
In C. pulicarius the forewings are entirely black and hind femora are entirely yellow. The hairs on the hind tibiae arise from smaller black spots than in C. pullus.
Widespread throughout much of Britain but very scarce and local. Most records are from dry, grassy habitats.
Compare C. pullus, C. evanescens, C. saltitans, C. wilkinsoni
Adult: June - August
Length c2.5 mm
east London (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock