Biphyllus lunatus


3 to 3.5mm. Dark brown with with a dense patch of pale hairs in the middle of the elytra. Short curved setae around the outer edge of pronotum and elytra. Legs and antennae reddish brown.

Identification difficulty

Usually found on or beneath King Alfred's Cakes fungus (Daldinia concentrica) on which the larvae feed.

When to see it

When the fungal food of the larva is fruiting.

UK Status

Fairly common across England but with fewer records in Wales and appears to be scarce in Scotalnd.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 26 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