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This genus comprises five very small and almost entirely black bugs with rather broad hind femora. Halticus species are similar, but have longer antennae (> body length). The 2nd antennal segment in Chlamydatus is < head width.
C. saltitans has shiny forewings which are black with a brown base and covered in pale hairs. Adults are always brachypterous in UK, the wings reaching mid-abdomen. The hairs on the hind tibia do not arise from large black spots.
A widespread bug, though unobtrusive due to its size. Often found on sparsely vegetated ground, and particulaly associated with clovers and other legumes.
Compare C. pullus, C. wilkinsoni
Adult: June - September
Length c2.5 mm
|Adult: east London (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Leeds (June 2008) ©Joe Botting