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.
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.
- rounded pronotum with sinuate base
- pale sub-apical spots
- 7 punctuated striae (plus a scutellary stria)
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Often found on mud and silty ground near to water.
Very common and widespread in England and Wales.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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