Glischrochilus hortensis


This is one of three species of Glischrochilus beetles found in the UK. These are small beetles (around 5mm in length). G. Hortensis has black elytra with a total of four large orange blotches.

Identification difficulty

Often found in woodland. It is usually found under tree bark or at sap runs, but also flies actively.

When to see it

All year round, but best time is April to October.

Life History

Feeds on sap and ripe fruit.

UK Status

Widespread but most common in the Midlands and eastern England.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 50 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