Orchid Beetle - Dascillus cervinus

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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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    MAP KEY:

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

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