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Saldula arenicola
Family: Saldidae

This genus comprises 11 rather oval saldids which have an entirely dark pronotum and forewings which completely overlap. There are several very similar species which are often difficult to identify.

S. arenicola
is relatively easy to identify, with distinctive markings consisting of a pale bar across the corium, level with two pale spots on the clavus, and usually two pale spots along the costal margin, closer to the membrane. The first antennal segment is pale with a black tip, and the second black with a pale tip.

Very scarce and restricted to pools and seepages on the soft coastal cliffs of Hampshire, Dorset and Devon.

Compare: S. palustris

Adult: All year?
Length 3.5-4.5 mm
Saldula arenicola
Adult: Hampshire (September 2011©Keith Lugg