Mordellochroa abdominalis

    Description

    Length 6 mm. This tumbling flower beetle has blackish grey elytra and a red thorax. They are sometimes known as pintail beetles, because of the elongated and pointed abdominal tip which aids them with tumbling movements to escape predators.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    To be seen on umbellifers such as Cow Parsley and Hogweed, especially in shady, well wooded areas.

    When to see it

    Spring and summer.

    UK Status

    Widespread in much of England and fairly frequent in some areas.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 12 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map