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A genus of three rather variable species, usually with short wings and a broad outline. Care must be taken over identification due to some inconsistency and confusion in past identification guides.
S. aemulans can be distinguished from the other two species most easily by the abdominal patterning of dark longitudinal stripes (not always present!). The vertex normally has a transverse dark line, and often a pair of dark dots behind it, by the eyes. The pronotum shows several dark spots, tending to form longitudinal lines. The vertex is more rounded than in S. sordidus and S. marginatus.
On various grasses in damp areas (occasionally in drier conditions) across Britain. Can also occur coastally and in saline sites.
Adult: July to September; may overwinter
Length 4.5-6 mm
Jersey (January 2008) ©Tim
|Adult: Lincs (December 2008) ©Michael Talbot