Atrecus affinis


Length 7 mm. This is a distinctive Rove Beetle with a rather elongated body. The abdomen is a reddish brown, with short, dark blackish elytra.

Identification difficulty

Usually found under bark, but sometimes in decaying wood.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

Sometimes congregate into small groups in spring.

UK Status

A locally common species found throughout Britain with records from the very north of Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 52 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