Amara familiaris


    It is small, around 5-7 mm with a dark metallic lustre and red/brown legs. The front corners of the pronotum are sharp which helps to distinguish this from other similar Amara species.

    Identification difficulty

    It favours dry habitats

    When to see it

    Most often seen between spring and summer 

    Life History

    It hunts during the day in warm weather

    UK Status

    Very common throughout much of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 173 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