Ocys harpaloides/tachysoides


    Beetles previously thought to be Ocys harpaloides have recently been shown to comprise two species, the other being Ocys tachysoides, but they can only be separated by examination of the genitalia or DNA analysis. For this reason we are treating this species as a pair. Where the specimen has been determined to one of the two species a note has been added to the record.

    Length 4 to 6mm. Head and pronotum glossy reddish brown with head slightly darker. Elytra wider than pronotum, dark brown sometimes with a faint hint of metallic blue, side margin and suture often paler. Legs and antennae dull yellow to red-brown.

    Identification difficulty

    Under bark or other litter in damp woodlands. Under stones in more open damp sites.

    When to see it

    May to October.

    UK Status

    Widespread and abundant except in the extreme north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 72 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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