Malthodes minimus

    Description

    This small beetle is only 3-4mm long. The elytra are dark and usually yellow tipped, exposing part of the wings and abdomen beneath.

    Photo ID?
    Recording advice

    There are fifteen species in the genus and they are very hard to separate. For males examination of the appendages at the tip of the abdomen under a microscope is required. Females can't usually be identified to species.

    Habitat

    Well wooded areas, but also in long grass and water meadows.

    When to see it

    Early May to late August

    Life History

    As with other members of the Cantharidae family, they are mainly predatory, preying on other insects.

    UK Status

    Common in southern Britain, scarcer in the north

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 44 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map