Tachyporus hypnorum

    Description

    This small (3 or 4 mm long) rove beetle, black with dark red wing cases and a yellow margin to its thorax is another species which is shaped like a teardrop travelling blunt end first.

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    Habitat

    In plant litter, moss, under leaf rosettes, or amongst soil crumbs on the soil surface.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    It is a useful predator of other small invertebrates in the garden or in agriculture, feeding especially on aphids.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 449 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map