|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.