Pterostichus melanarius

    Description

    13-17 mm with body, legs and antennae all black. The pronotum is fairly short and wide when compared to Pterostichus niger and is evenly rounded with a small tooth at the sharp rear angles. Deep elytral striae with convex intervals; Claw-bearing tarsal segment has 2-4 pairs of bristles on the underside.

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    Habitat

    Gardens, grassland and agricultural fields.

    When to see it

    All year

    UK Status

    Common and widespread.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 170 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map