Curtonotus aulicus

    Description

    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

    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map