Sphaeridium scarabaeoides


Length 5 to 7 mm. Quite a distinctively marked beetle: the blackish coloured elytra have a dark red blotch and fade to a pale yellow-brown in the rear third.

Photo ID?

Around cattle dung.

When to see it

Spring to autumn.

Life History

Associated with cow dung.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 34 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map