Lesteva longoelytrata


As is typical of the rove beetles the elytra on extend partway across its abdomen, in this case about two thirds. It also has a characteristic curvy shape to its pronotum.

Identification difficulty

This beetle lives around water and in splashed habitats.

When to see it

All year round peaking in April and May.

Life History

It is recognised as a useful predator of pests on Oilseed Rape.

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread throughout Britain, especially well recorded in central and northern England.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 309 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