Notiophilus biguttatus


    The Notiophilus beetles are very distinctive with prominent eyes. There are eight species in Britain, all very similar but often in different habitats.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • Second elytral interval wider than the width of the 3rd, 4th and 5th combined. 
    • A single deep puncture on the 4th elytral interval.
    • Five or six coarse ridges on the head.

    Found in almost any habitat but mainly in open woodlands.

    When to see it

    From April onwards it can be seen on pathways in sunshine, later in the year it may be observed in leaf litter.

    Life History

    They are diurnal and strictly carnivorous, preying upon springtails and mites amongst the leaf litter. Breeds mostly in the spring but larvae have been observed at the end of summer suggesting a partial second generation.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 315 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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

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