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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    MAP KEY:

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

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