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.

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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