Melanotus castanipes


    Length 13 to 19 mm It is unicolourous black, or with slightly browner head and is very elongated with tapering elytra. Longitudinal rows of pits are obvious, as are densely scattered pits on the pronotum. The legs and antennae are black and the antennae are long, extending a way beyond the posterior margin of the pronotum, slightly shorter in the female.

    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.


    Best looked for where pine logs and stumps are present.

    When to see it

    Spring and summer.

    UK Status

    The status has been revised since 2004, splitting this species from M. villosus, so precise status is unclear, but it would seem that M. castanipes is much the commoner of the two species.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland unclear at present, but seems to be only occasionally recorded.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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