Melanotus villosus


    13 to 19 mm - 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.

    Similar Species

    Melanotus castanipes

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Generally requires dissection to confirm the identification.


    Best looked for where pine logs and stumps are present.

    When to see it

    Spring and summer.

    Life History

    Thought to be associated with pine stumps.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain. The status has been revised since 2004, splitting this species from Melanotus castanipes, so precise status is unclear, but it would seem that M. castanipes is much the commoner of the two species.

    VC55 Status

    Status of the two species in Leicestershire and Rutland is difficult to determine due to the recent splitting of Melanotus villosus and Melanotus castanipes

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map