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Saldula pallipes
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. pallipes
is almost identical to pale forms of S. palustris although it occus in a different habitat. The dark streak on the fore tibia is continuous with the basal (upper) marking, separating it from S. saltatoria.

The bug is widspread by inland pools and in flooded gravel pits, at least as far north as southern Scotland.  


Adult: All year
Length 3.5-4.5 mm
Saldula pallipes
Adult: Berkshire (June 2010) ©Jonathan Michaelson

Saldula pallipes nymph Saldula pallipes
Nymph: Berkshire (June 2010) ©Jonathan Michaelson

Adult showing tibial markings: Berkshire (June 2010) ©Jonathan Michaelson