Orchid Beetle - Dascillus cervinus


This beetle is about 1 cm long and is covered in hair, which is yellowish brown in the females and greyer in the males.

Identification difficulty

Rough grassland, usually on flowers, but sometimes in bushes.

When to see it

May to July, with a peak in June.

Life History

The larvae eat roots, mainly those of vigorous grasses.

UK Status

Widespread but rather local in Britain

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland but increasing. 40+ specimens have been found in one day on one site.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map