Bloody-nosed Beetle - Timarcha tenebricosa

    Description

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

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    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

    UK Map