Common Sun Beetle - Amara aenea


Length: 6.5 - 9mm. One of many very similar Amara species, this is one of the most common with an obvious shiny brass/copper appearance. Its legs have black femora and brown tibiae. The scutellary pore is absent and it has fine striae. The antennae are black except for three pale basal segments.

Similar Species

Whilst beetles of the Amara genus are distinctive, to identify the species requires close examination with a good lens or microscope.

Identification difficulty

It is found in dry habitats, including gardens, wasteland and grassland. It likes to sun itself and is often seen on bare ground.

When to see it

Most often seen between spring and summer

Life History

This ground beetle feeds on the developing seeds of grasses

UK Status

It is widespread and very common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 96 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map