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Peritrechus species have only one or two small spines on the front femora. As in Scolopostethus, a pale spot is present at the sides of the pronotum, although this is not always obvious.
In P. lundii, the wing membrane has a characteristic white spot at the tip and the sides of the pronotum are distinctly keeled. The basal half of the 2nd antennal segment is pale and the front femur bears a single spine.
A widespread but local species across the UK, although absent from upland areas and commoner in the south. Often associated with crop fields but also found on grasslands, heaths and dunes, probably feeding on a range of host plants. Overwinters as an adult, becoming active in April-June when mating takes place.
Adult: all year
Length 4-5 mm
|Adult: south London (April 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Herts (April 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: Herts (April 2009) ©Tristan Bantock