Drusilla canaliculata


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.

Identification difficulty

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.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

It is a predator that catches ants.

UK Status

Widespread though sometimes rather local in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 112 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