A small (about 5 mm), slender rove beetle. It is predominantly reddish brown but the rear of the abdomen is darker than the rest of the body. The legs are reddish-yellow and rather long. Abdomen is broadest in the middle.
Found in a wide range of habitats and on a variety of soils; open areas under vegetation, stones, mosses, debris etc. it has been noted as frequenting areas with grasses such as Common Couch and Yorkshire-fog.
All year round.
It is a predator that catches ants.
Widespread though sometimes rather local in Britain.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 112 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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