Dromius quadrimaculatus

    Description

    Length 5 to 6 mm. This beetle has a blackish head, but a shiny red pronotum. The legs and antennae are pale straw coloured. The dark elytra show two large pale patches on each and are sharply truncate leaving the terminal abdominal segment exposed.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Generally associated with deciduous trees and also pine in woodland, wooded pasture and parkland, gardens etc. They fly well and may be found in almost any situation.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales, rather more local elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 101 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map