Ash Bark Beetle - Hylesinus varius


A tiny brown bark beetle (2.75 mm).

Similar Species

Hylesinus varius (formerly Leperisinus fraxini) and H. wachtli (formerly L.orni) can only be distinguished by microscopic examination. H. varius has coarse suberect setae on the sides of the elytra that are clearly visible from above and a more elongate antennal club.

Identification difficulty

Anywhere that Ash is present.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

A wood boring beetle associated with Ash.

UK Status

Most records come from the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 19 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map