Omaloplia ruricola


A small (5 mm to 7.5 mm) and rather hairy beetle, the head, pronotum and scutellum are black, and the elytra reddish-brown with black border.

Identification difficulty

Associated with dry calcareous grassland.

When to see it

Usually encountered in summer when it will fly both by day and night.

Life History

The larvae feed on roots.

UK Status

British records of this species come mainly from the south east of England. It is scarce nationally (Notable B).

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The specimen from Bloody Oaks Quarry on 2nd Jul 2015 is possibly the first record of this species in VC55.

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

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