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Saldula saltatoria Common Shore Bug
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.

In S. saltatoria, the most common species, there are at least two pale spots along the costal margin, although the pattern on forewings can be very variable. The dark streak on the centre
of the fore tibia is not continuous with the dark base and apex (below right).

A predatory species found commonly alongside waterways, ponds and ditches across the UK.

Compare: S. orthochila, S. palustris

Adult: All year
Length 4-4.5 mm
Salula saltatoria
Adult: Norfolk (May 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Saldula saltatoria Saldula saltatoria
Adult: Yorks (April 2009) ©Joe Botting
Adult detail showing fore tibia ©Tristan Bantock

Saldula saltatoria Saldula saltatoria
Adult: Yorks (April 2009) ©Joe Botting
Adult: Berks (April 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson