Abax parallelepipedus

    Description

    A large beetle (17-22 mm). The pronotum has two parallel depressions (called foveae) and it has wrinkles above its eyes. It also has a 'box-like' shape with the pronotum and elytra edges in a more or less straight line.

    Similar Species

    A few Pterosticus species are also large, black beetles but the two parallel foveae and its overall shape are reasonably distinctive.

    Photo ID?
    Habitat

    Found under logs in woods and on damp moorlands.

    When to see it

    It can be found all year but most records are in late summer and autumn.

    UK Status

    Quite common throughout Britain

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 104 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map