Black Kneed Capsid - Blepharidopterus angulatus


Length 5 to 6 mm. A slender and parallel-sided blue-green species with black patches at the base of the rather bristly tibia ('knees'), parts of the antennae and at the posterior angles of the pronotum The length of the first antennal segment is roughly equal to the width of the head. The antennae are usually very long in males. The yellow markings on the scutellum and forewings are variable.

Photo ID?

Deciduous trees, including Birch, Alder, Apple, Lime, and Ash.

When to see it

Adult: June - October

Life History

Partly predatory, feeding largely on red spider mites.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map