Curtonotus aulicus


A moderate-sized (11-15mm) with a black or dark red body and mid-brown legs and antennae. The pronotum is strongly contracted and sinuate to the sharp rear angles

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

This species has a red ID rating and unless identified by a known expert you must provide a satisfactory explanation of how it was identified for the record to be accepted.


A seed-eating species, commonest in dry waste places and dry grassland or arable land where it lives under stones.

When to see it

July to October

Life History

It is a nocturnal, feeding on seeds of Compositae (Daisy family).

UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 70 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