Aleochara bipustulata

    Description

    Length 2 to 4.5 mm. A blackish coloured Rove Beetle with two orangey yellow spots - one on each wing case.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Various habitats, but particularly associated with Cabbage plants it has also been found in moss and flood refuse.

    When to see it

    Most records are between January and August.

    Life History

    This rove beetle is parasitic on the Cabbage root maggot and has been considered for introduction to Canada for biological control of this pest.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent throughout England and Wales

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 42 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map