Anthocomus rufus

    Description

    Length 4 to 5 mm. This is a small bright red beetle with elytra that are shorter than the body and with black on the head and thorax.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Has a preference for wetter areas around reedbeds and margins.

    When to see it

    August to October.

    Life History

    Feeds on flowers and small insects.

    UK Status

    Widespread in the southern half of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 7 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map