Churchyard Beetle - Blaps mucronata


Churchyard Beetles, or as they are sometimes called Cellar Beetles are flightless, long-legged, nocturnal beetles which can be recognised by the pointed extensions at the ends of the wing casings which looks a bit like a tail. They are entirely black in colour with the exception of the mouthparts which have an orange fringe. Other members of the family are similar in appearance but in Blaps mucronata, joints 3 to 6 of antennae elongate.

Identification difficulty

Often found in association with human habitation. Dark and damp habitats such as stables, barns, sheds, caves.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Although widespread it is quite scarce in Britain and possibly declining.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 9 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map