Tachyporus chrysomelinus sensu stricto

Description

This small orange or orange and black rove beetle is shaped rather like a teardrop, travelling blunt end first! It is very similar to T. dispar and can only be separated by detailed examination.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

In plant litter, moss, leaves etc., and on the soil surface.

When to see it

All year round peaking between late February and May.

Life History

Predatory on small insects on the soil or on plants, especially aphids.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 238 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map