Poecilus cupreus - Poecilus cupreus

Description

11-13 mm with a shiny coppery green appearance. There are four Poecilis species in Britain but only two are common and likely to be found in Leicestershire and Rutland. Poecilis cupreus is distinguished from the similar P. versicolor by having fine punctuations on its head between its eyes. In P. versicolor, the head is completely smooth and unpunctured. P. cupreus also prefers dryer habitats. Poecilis is distinguished as a genus by the keel on the basal antennal segments.

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Habitat

Prefers open, dry habitats with short grass e.g. parkland and agricultural fields but also occasionally in woodland.

When to see it

Most likely to be seen in spring and summer

Life History

It is a general predator. Breeds in spring

UK Status

Common but local across southern England and south Wales as far south as the Wash with scattered records south to Scotland

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 77 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map