Aleochara lanuginosa


    Length 3.5 to 5 mm. A dark blackish rove beetle, the elytra may show a varying amount of red.

    Identification difficulty

    Found in various habitats including in dung, on carcasses and in grass tussocks.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Aleochara larvae feed in the puparia of suitable species of flies, killing the host in the process.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 45 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