Anthocomus fasciatus

Description

This is a tiny little beetle only 4 mm long. It has to be seen in good light to appreciate that it has red markings on its black elytra.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Anywhere a food source is to be found such as low vegetation or even on the sills of outbuildings etc. where tiny gnats and flies congregate. Often swept from long grass beneath trees.

When to see it

Best time is May and June.

Life History

Despite its size the adult is a predator of even smaller insects. The larvae of Anthocomus are predatory on the larvae of wood-boring beetles.

UK Status

Most records seem to come from the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 14 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