Bembidion articulatum


2.9 to 3.9 mm. Antennae with at least 3 pale basal segments, most of the fourth also usually pale. Pronotum with longitudinal central furrow, strongly constricted to base.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance
  • 3-4mm
  • head and pronotum shining black (with metallic reflection)
  • some/all of basal four antennal segments pale
  • legs all pale
  • frontal furrows on head deep and converging
  • pronotum narrow and sinuate with squared projection at rear
Recording advice

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Usually found at the exposed edges of still water, but also in flood refuse and muddy areas.

When to see it

Mainly from March to August, but has been recorded in most months of the year.

Life History

Breeds in spring and summer.

UK Status

Widespread in the southern half of Britain, but seems to be much less frequent further north.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map