Ontholestes tessellatus


    Length 14 to 19 mm. A very distinctive rove beetle with some orangey-yellow colouring in the legs. It is similar to Ontholestes murinus but that species has completely dark legs.

    Identification difficulty

    Usually found in association with carrion.

    When to see it

    All year round especially in summer months.

    UK Status

    It is not a particularly common species being widespread but scattered in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were 24 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)

    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015


    UK Map