Scolopostethus thomsoni (Reuter, 1874)
A very small and attractively marked Lygaeid bug. The front femora are swollen and distinct with a low power lens. Unfortunately there are other Scolopostethus species, which add to the identification difficulties. The antennal colouration and pattern can help to a degree, but is not an entirely reliable feature. These adults were found within the old leaves of Bulrush, in a small, wet area at Meden Vale in February 2013 (top) and under farmyard rubbish at Holborn Hill Plantation in January 2014.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Scolopostethus thomsoni
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust). 

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Updated January 2024

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