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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map