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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map