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.

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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