Tomocerus minor - Tomocerus minor

Description

Tomocerus minor can be up to 4.5 mm long with antennae that are shorter than the body and a characteristic uniform silvery-bluish iridescence. Its close relative Pogonognathellus flavescens with which it can be confused can be distinguished as follows: in T. minor the long 3rd antennal segment is sub-cylindrical but in P. flavescens it is tapering apically also the length of the short 4th antennal segment in T. minor it is about as long as the sum of the 1st and 2nd antennal segment, whereas in P. flavescens it is distinctly shorter.

Habitat

Damp and shady places, under stones and logs or in leaf litter and moss.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

An extremely common and widespread species in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map