Malthodes minimus


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?

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