Cercyon melanocephalus - Cercyon melanocephalus
A distinctive 'Dung Beetle' with a reddish elytra and black triangular colouration over the scutellar area.
Though a member of the water beetle family, this species lives in dung, effectively 'swimming' through it.
It can be found from March to October.
Like some other beetles in this family, it spins a silk cocoon in which to protect its eggs.
Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 61 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
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