Nicrophorus vespillo


    12 to 22 mm. This species is identified by the combination of orange antennal clubs, an interrupted anterior red elytral band, the hind tibia being concave on the inside edge and the presence of golden hairs on the fore margin of the pronotum.

    Identification difficulty

    Usually found at carrion, but occasionally comes to light.

    When to see it

    April to October.

    Life History

    They are scavengers, living off and breeding in rotten carcasses. They have a very good sense of smell and are reputed to be able to smell a carcass up to two miles away.

    UK Status

    Widespread and frequent in central and southern England and Wales. Very local further north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 41 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map