Microcara testacea


    A small (3.2 to 6 mm) brown beetle.

    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.


    Damp areas and near to small water bodies especially in well wooded areas.

    When to see it

    May to July.

    Life History

    Larvae develop in stagnant ponds, mostly in wooded areas. They feed on algae and decaying vegetable matter.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records:

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015

    UK Map