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.

    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. There were only 8 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map