Lathrobium fulvipenne


7.5 to 9 mm. A fairly large and slender rove beetle, the short elytra are reddish with a darker base. The legs are also orangey red.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


Found in a wide range of habitats.  It may be found in moss and leaf litter, flood refuse, as well as under bark and stones.

When to see it

Can be encountered in most months of the year but especially in March, April and early May.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland where there were 166 records up to 2015.

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

UK Map