Bloody-nosed Beetle - Timarcha tenebricosa


This is a large flightless species of beetle. The rounded body is blackish in colour, often with a shiny iridescence.

Identification difficulty

Often found in hedgerows.

When to see it

Adults are seen between April and June. Active mainly at night, hiding in moss or under stones during the day.

Life History

It earns its common name from its peculiar form of defence; when threatened it exudes a drop of bright red fluid from the mouth. The larvae are a metallic bluish colour.

UK Status

It is widespread in Britain and common in some areas, but becomes rare in the north.

VC55 Status

Occasional and rather local in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 22 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Bloody-nosed Beetle
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
10/05/2009 (Mark Skevington)
Last record:
09/08/2023 (Walton, Sally)

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