Notiophilus substriatus

    Description

    A small (5 mm) beetle with large bulging eyes and brassy brown studded elytra. Distinguished from N. biguttatus by the finer elytral pores.

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    Habitat

    It usually prefers open ground with short, sparse vegetation and is often recorded from urban areas and fairly dry places.

    When to see it

    Peak is March to June

    Life History

    A day-time hunter, often seen scurrying around on the ground.

    UK Status

    Fairly widespread in Britain but not really common, and usually only single individual found.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 39 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map