Phalacrus fimetarius

    Description

    A very small (2 to 3.5 mm) shiny black beetle, oval, convex above and flat below, continuous in outline.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    On grasses and flowers especially in chalk and limestone areas.

    When to see it

    April to October.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on plants affected by smut fungus.

    UK Status

    Mainly found in southern Britain and sometimes local in distribution, this tiny species may be under recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland although it may go undetected due to its small size. There were only 2 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: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map