Clytiomya continua has been on the British list for quite some time and located in the North Essex / South Hertfordshire area. But it was recently joined by a very close cousin, Eliozeta pellucens, which spread in from the east – starting in Norfolk and is now found as far west as Buckinghamshire.
The problem is that the 2 genera are so similar that they can be very difficult to split in photos so I thought I’d put something together to help us all work them out.
|Feature||Clytiomya continua||Eliozeta pellucens|
|Katepisternal bristles||2||3 (lower sometimes very thin)|
|Males: median hairs on tergites||raised; >0.5x the marginal bristles||prone; any erect hairs <0.5x length of marginal bristles|
|Males: tergite 6||always hairy||usually bare or few hairs|
|Females: parafrontalia outside frontal bristles||bare||hairy|