Oiceoptoma thoracicum

Alternative names
Red-breasted Carrion Beetle, Oiceoptoma thoracica

Sometimes known as the Red-breasted Carrion Beetle, this is a two coloured species and distinctive in appearance.

Identification difficulty

Found on or under the carcasses of birds and small mammals, often in woodland habitats.

When to see it

Mainly April to August.

Life History

Curiously enough this species does not eat the material itself, but both adults and larvae hunt for larvae of other insects, such as flies, eating from the remains.

UK Status

Widespread but not particularly common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 9 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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