Anchomenus dorsalis


Length of 8-9mm. One of the most colourful species of this genus. The elytra vary from orange to greeny-black with large chestnut red or orange patches at the shoulders, whilst the thorax is a brassy green, and the legs are yellow.

Identification difficulty

Various including open grassland, woodland, under stones etc.

Life History

A quick, long-legged predator that is equipped with powerful jaws

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 107 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