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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. wilkinsoni has shiny black forewings which are sparsely covered in fine pale hairs. Adults are usually brachypterous, the wings reaching mid-abdomen. The hairs on the hind tibia do not arise from large black spots.
Locally common in short grassland throughout the UK, but usually associated with upland areas apart from in the far north.
Compare C. pullus, C. saltitans
Adult: June - September
Length 2-3 mm
|Adult: Yorks (August 2008) ©Joe Botting