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


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

UK Map