This is the smallest Cryptops in Britain, rarely reaching 30 mm. However, it is easily confused with immature specimens of the larger C.anomalans and C.parisi. Examination of the tibial and tarsal combs of the last legs (which comprise widely spaced teeth in C.hortensis) will differentiate the species.
Distribution and Habitat
This species is common in most of England, Wales (and probably Ireland), but becomes increasingly scarce and coastal in Scotland.