Hapalaraea pygmaea

    Description

    A small (2.2 to 3.0 mm) rove beetle which is orange-brown or red in colour.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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    Habitat

    May be beaten from Hawthorn or other bushes, also from fungus, tree cavities and birds’ nests.

    When to see it

    May be beaten from Hawthorn or other bushes, also from fungus, tree cavities and birds’ nests.

    Life History

    Peak seems to be May and June but has been recorded as late as September.

    UK Status

    Widespread in the southern half of Britain but occasional and rather local.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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