A small brown species (around 3.5 to 5mm long.) The appearance is very similar to the Raspberry beetle (Byturus tomentosus).
Byturus tormentosus and B. ochraceous are very similar but can be distinguished by careful viewing.
B. tormentosus is slightly smaller (up to 4mm) and has elytra that taper outwards slightly towards the base. It is also lighter brown. Ochraceous is a little larger (up to 5mm), a shade darker, with larger eyes and elytra that are generally parallel-sided. The pronotal margins are also different: tormentosus has a narrow margin visible along most of the base whereas the margin in ochraceous is obscured by the central bulge of the pronotum.
A helpful comparison can be found on the WCG website.
Often seen in numbers on just about any flowers and especially dandelions.
B.ochraceus is found through May into early June. Numbers decrease sharply in mid June and by July they are usually gone.
Common and widespread in England.
Occasional, but possibly under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 15 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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