Orchid Beetle - Dascillus cervinus


This beetle is about 1 cm long and is covered in hair, which is yellowish brown in the females and greyer in the males.

Photo ID?

Rough grassland, usually on flowers, but sometimes in bushes.

When to see it

May to July.

Life History

The larvae eat roots, mainly those of vigorous grasses.

UK Status

Widespread but rather local in Britain

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 8 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map