Bruchus atomarius


2.5-3.6mm. Dense pale patch at rear of pronotum and centrally on suture of elytra. Several other smaller pale patches. Leg colour is same as the basic colour except front femur and tibia which are orange.Males possess a sub-apical tooth on the mid tibia, located away from the apical angle.

Similar Species

Very similar to Bruchus rufimanus. The key distinguishing features are the size difference (rufimanus is generally larger - to 5.3mm) and lacks the sub-apical tooth on the mid-tibia in males. The colouration of antennae and legs, and general colouration is similar between species, and whilst there may be difference in the ventral pubescence this may not be consistent/reliable.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters. A voucher specimen may be required.


Usually found by sweeping vegetation.

When to see it

Peak time seems to be May to August.

UK Status

Nationally Scarce (Notable B) in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map