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Stroggylocephalus species are similar to Aphrodes, but lack the keel on the vertex, which instead has transverse striations on the front half.
The two species of Stroggylocephalus can normally be separated from the markings: S. livens shows a black line parallel to the anterior margin of the vertex, whereas S. agrestis lacks the line and is more regularly mottled. The genitalia are also distinctive and provide a reliable check.
S. agrestis is a local species found across Britain in marshy areas.
Adult: March-April and July-October
Length: 5-6.5 mm
male: North Wales (August 2012) ©Tristan