Leiodes calcarata


It's very variable in size, 1.8 - 4 mm, and in colour, usually brown or reddish brown, but some being much darker than others.

Identification difficulty

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When to see it

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Life History

Not much is known about the biology of any of the subfamily Leiodinae, but it is probable that most of them feed as larvae on hypogeous fungi, i.e. those that have their fruiting bodies underground.

UK Status

Widespread but sometimes local in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 17 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