Asaphidion stierlini

Description

This is a very handsome beetle, the entire upper surface shiny metallic bronze mottled with violet or blue overtones. Despite the distinctive appearance there are other very similar species and detailed examination is necessary to reach a sound id.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Various habitats including arable fields and even shaded areas where it may be located hiding under stones and logs.

When to see it

Mainly from April to September.

UK Status

A. stierlini is mostly found in south east Britain ranging north to south Yorkshire.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 24 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Further Information

Asaphidion flavipes, A. curtum, and A. stierlini are all similar in shape and size

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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