Previously considered to be the black form of Eutomostethus ephippius but raised to species level by Blank and Taeger in 1998. Head, thorax and abdomen are all black. Morhologically identical to E. ephippius. A more northern distribution. Males not known.
Larvae feed on soft grasses such as annual meadow grass.
Size: 4 - 5mm
Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Flight period: Possibly bivoltine, May to June and August
Plant associations: Gramineae (grasses, especially Poa spp.)
The National Biodiversity Network records are shown on the map below. (See terms and conditions)
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