Leistus spinibarbis


About 8 to 10 mm. A handsome ground beetle, which has a blue colouration to its elytra, but this can vary in different light conditions.

Similar Species

Very similar to L. fulvibarbis  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.


Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Commonly found under logs or loose bark and in a variety of habitats, including in gardens amongst overgrown vegetation.

When to see it

All year round but best in spring and summer.

Life History

Very fast moving when disturbed.

UK Status

Common and widespread in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 78 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