Harpalus affinis


    Length 8.5 to12 mm. the male is a handsome and normally shiny ground beetle which may have a metallic sheen of blue, green, maroon or black. Only the male is metallic - the female is dull black.The elytra are pubescent only along the margins.

    Identification difficulty

    It is commonly found in dry places, running over the soil surface. In dull weather it hides under stones.

    Life History

    Unlike many ground beetles, it is active during the day. The larvae are predatory, feeding on small soil invertebrates, whilst adults feed on seeds, particularly of grasses, umbellifers and members of the Daisy family.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 88 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map