Conopalpus testaceus

    Description

    This is a small beetle (around 9 mm in length) with two colour forms. The standard form is a fairly uniform reddish-brown colour whilst the other form has orange pronotum and legs and dark elytra.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.

    Habitat

    Areas of broad-leaved woodland and other well wooded areas, hedgerows utilising several species of trees, but perhaps favouring oak. Adults may visit wild flowers, particularly umbellifers.

    When to see it

    Peak time is June and July.

    UK Status

    Widespread but sometimes local in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map