Notiophilus substriatus


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

Photo ID?

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