Cortinicara gibbosa

    Description

    This is a minute scavenger beetle which is only 2 mm or less in length and has pitted brown elytra.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Although it probably develops in decaying plant matter, it can also often be beaten in great numbers from Hawthorn flowers etc.

    When to see it

    All year round, but most frequent in late spring and summer.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in England and Wales, fewer records from Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 185 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