|A BIT ABOUT BUGS
(Formerly Aphrodes albifrons)
Anoscopus species generally have a more rounded vertex than in Aphrodes, and often distinctive patterning. Although males are often identifiable from photographs, species can be variable and difficult to separate; females in particular are often difficult to identify.
Males of A. albifrons are variable in the extent of pale transverse bands, and very difficult to separate from some other species (A. limincola may be only a variant of this species living in saltmarshes). Examination of the aedeagus is essential to separate A. albifrons from A. limicola, A. albiger (in marshy areas), and A. duffieldi (an extremely rare species known only in Kent). The brownish, variably mottled females may be impossible to separate from A. duffieldi. Compare also A. serratulae.
A. albifrons is common and widespread in grassy areas across Britain.
Adult: June to October; some may overwinter as nymphs
Length: 3-4 mm (females 4-5 mm)
male: Surrey (July 2011) ©Tristan
male: Surrey (July 2010) ©Sarah
|Adult male: Highland, Scotland (September 2010) ©Joe Botting