Calathus melanocephalus


    Length about 6 to 8 mm. It is usually black with a bright red thorax and pale legs.

    Identification difficulty

    This ground beetle is usually found where there is bare, sandy soil.

    When to see it

    Best months are April to September

    Life History

    It lives during the day under stones and amongst leaf litter, coming out to hunt for small invertebrates at night.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 68 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: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map