Calathus melanocephalus - Calathus melanocephalus

Description

Length about 6 to 8 mm. It is usually black with a bright red thorax and pale legs.

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Habitat

This ground beetle is usually found where there is bare, sandy soil.

When to see it

Best months are April to September

Life History

It lives during the day under stones and amongst leaf litter, coming out to hunt for small invertebrates at night.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 68 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map