Nebria brevicollis


This is a large ground beetle (10-14mm) with a broad pronotum. It is black or dark brown but with mid-brown legs and antennae, though the femora are usually darker brown. It is very similar to N. salina which prefers damper habitats.

Similar Species

Nebria brevicollis and N. salina are indistinguishable without examining the beetles under a microscope (or possibly a good hand lens). N. brevicollis has fine hairs on the dorsal surface of the hind tarsi which are absent in N. salina.

Identification difficulty

Found in woodland, especially under stones and in disturbed habitat, but also in parks, grassland and even gardens.

When to see it

Mainly June to August.

Life History

Predatory on other small creatures.

UK Status

It is very common and widespread across Britain except in the far north.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 295 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Species profile

Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
01/06/1992 (Jon Daws)
Last record:
29/11/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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