Hedobia imperialis


A fairly small species with a very distinctive brown and buff patterning.

Identification difficulty

Found around old Hawthorn hedges.

When to see it

Peak time is May to July.

Life History

The larva is a wood borer, usually in Hawthorn.

UK Status

Once considered scarce this beetle has now become more widespread in the southern half of Britain, although it is still infrequent.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 17 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map