Meligethes atratus


    Length 2.5 to 3.8 mm. A typical small black pollen beetle, which needs detailed examination to be sure of the species.

    Identification difficulty

    Frequents flower meadows and hedgerows with blossom.

    When to see it

    Spring and summer.

    Life History

    Develops in the flowers of roses.

    UK Status

    Widespread in the southern half of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 31 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map