Bembidion biguttatum

    Description

    This small beetle (~4mm) is shiny black with a blue reflection. It has a rounded pronotum which becomes strongly sinuate at the base. The elytra have 7 deeply punctured striae (plus a short scutellary stria) with two pale sub-apical spots. The antennae are dark but with a pale basal segment and the legs are pale brown.

    Similar Species

    Bembidion lunulatum is of similar size and also has rounded sides to the pronotum. It also has pale sub-apical spots but the basal antennal segments are dark. It also has dark brown legs and only 6 punctuated striae.

    Bembidion guttula is smaller (3-3.7mm). The pronotum is also rounded but with a more prominent corner before the sinuate base. The pronotum is also narrower than the elytra. The legs and basal antennae are mid brown.

    Bembidion doris is another species with sub-apical spots but here the pronotum sides have a squared base.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • ~4mm
    • rounded pronotum with sinuate base
    • pale sub-apical spots
    • 7 punctuated striae (plus a scutellary stria)
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is generally required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and key identifying characters.

    Habitat

    Often found on mud and silty ground near to water.

    When to see it

    All year.

    UK Status

    Very common and widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map