Leistus fulvibarbis


Small (6.5 to 8 mm) dark ground beetle usually with blue metallic elytral reflections in certain light, and may look very bluish. It has reddish-yellow legs and a specialised basket around its mouth for trapping springtail prey.

Similar Species

Very similar to L. spinibarbis  and best separated by the pronotum characters. In L. spinibarbis the flattened and punctured side margins are much wider than in L. fulvibarbis and in L. fulvibarbis the pronotum is more srtrongly contracted towards the base and there is a distinct straight portion immediately in front of the base, while in L. spinibarbis the curve continues almost to the base. (see diagram)

There is also fine wrinkling on the head of L. spinibarbis whereas L, fulvibarbis lacks this.


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Usually recorded from hedgerow banks or woodland.

When to see it

April to June.

Life History

It has expanded jaws and setal cage under the head - evolved to catch and devour collembola (springtails).

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 81 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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

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