Acupalpus meridianus


3.5 to 4.5 mm.  The elytra of this small ground beetle are pale orange marked with large darker areas.

Similar Species

Acupalpus parvulus.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, photos are required from above and below. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.


This species of ground beetle uses a variety of habitats and will tolerate both dry and damp conditions.  It has been recorded from sites as diverse as woodland and post-industrial areas.

When to see it

Peak time is from April to early June.

UK Status

Widespread in the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map