Recording the wildlife of Leicestershire and Rutland
All images on this website have been taken in Leicestershire and Rutland by NatureSpot members. We welcome new contributions - just register and use the Submit Records form to post your photos. Click on any image below to visit the species page. The RED / AMBER / GREEN dots indicate how easy it is to identify the species - see our Identification Difficulty page for more information. A coloured rating followed by an exclamation mark denotes that different ID difficulties apply to either males and females or to the larvae - see the species page for more detail.
Beetles represent the largest insect group with around 4,000 species in Britain and 300,000 worldwide. They are easy to recognise as their front wings are hard, covering the second pair of wings and the abdomen. All beetles have biting mouthparts.
See our Beetles ID page for lots more information, links and resources.
Coccinellidae - Ladybirds
- found under pine
Latridiidae - Minute brown scavenger beetles
- image by Graham Finch
- specimen examined
Mycetophagidae - Hairy Fungus Beetles
Ciidae - Minute Tree Fungus Beetles
Tetratomidae - Polypore Fungus Beetles
Melandryidae - False darkling beetles
Ripiphoridae - Wedge-shaped beetles
Tenebrionidae - Darkling beetles
- probably the first record for VC55
- First for VC55. Photo Graham Finch
- dark example
- Photo Graham Finch