Cercyon melanocephalus


A distinctive 'Dung Beetle' with a reddish elytra and black triangular colouration over the scutellar area.

Identification difficulty

Though a member of the water beetle family, this species lives in dung, effectively 'swimming' through it.

When to see it

It can be found from March to October.

Life History

Like some other beetles in this family, it spins a silk cocoon in which to protect its eggs.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 61 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map