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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map