Scaphidium quadrimaculatum

    Description

    This species is surprisingly related to rove beetles, to which it bears very little resemblance. It is mainly black and shiny but with four red spots or blotches (two on each elytrum).

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    Habitat

    Often under fungoid logs, or feeding on fungi such as brackets.

    When to see it

    April to August

    Life History

    It feeds on fungus and is sometimes called a 'Shining Fungus Beetle'.

    UK Status

    This beetle is fairly widespread in England and Wales, but not further north. It is not particularly common.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 4 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map