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

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    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

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