Bitoma crenata

    Description

    This small beetle (around 3mm) is sometimes called the Saddle-backed Bitoma and the black 'saddle' on red elytra is a helpful identification guide. It also has characteristic deep ridges along the pronotum.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    In well wooded areas and parkland where it is usually found beneath bark or on dead timber, though it can sometimes be seen on exposed wood where the bark is missing.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    It can often be seen in groups of up to a dozen individuals.

    UK Status

    Fairly common in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 19 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:

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015

    UK Map