Cortinicara gibbosa


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

Identification difficulty

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.

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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