Bembidion guttula

Description

A small ground beetle (only about 3 to 3.5 mm long). It is a greeny black or dark bronze beetle with obscure pale spots near the tip of the elytra. It only has 6 stria (excluding the scutellary stria).

Similar Species

Bembidion biguttatum is similar and also have pale sub-apical spots but this species can be separated by having a 7th stria (visible as a short row f shallow punctures).

Can only be separated from Bembidion mannerheimi by lifting the elytra and examining the wings, which are well developed in Bembidion guttula and vestigial or absent in Bembidion mannerheimi.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Can only be separated from Bembidion mannerheimi by lifting the elytra and examining the wings, which are well developed in Bembidion guttula and vestigial or absent in Bembidion mannerheimi.

Habitat

On the ground, under stones and logs etc. It is strongly, though not exclusively, associated with damper areas, and water margins.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 563 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map