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.

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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