Ontholestes murinus

    Description

    A very distinctive rove beetle which is around 14mm in length. The thorax has a few gingery hairs and a general brownish mottled appearance, whilst the abdomen shows some grey.

    Similar Species

    Distinguished from the only other member of the genus, O. tesselatus, by having black legs (the legs are yellowish in O. tesselatus).

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Almost anywhere that carrion or dung is to be found, particularly common on the carcasses of dead foxes and badgers.

    When to see it

    All year round but mainly spring to autumn.

    Life History

    Feeds on carrion and on larva in dung. It is a good flyer.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in southern Britain at least, fewer records from the northern regions.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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