Amara ovata


One of the many similar Amara beetles, this one is around 9mm and is all black, often with a green/brassy reflection. It differs from the similar A. similis by having all black legs. The pronotum is as wide as the elytra and has evenly rounded sides. The foveae (depressions) on the pronotum are shallow and unpunctured.

Identification difficulty

This species favours open, dry areas such as fields and gardens

When to see it

Most often seen between late spring and summer 

UK Status

Very common throughout Britain

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 22 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