Philonthus carbonarius


    7-8mm. Black but with a green metallic sheen on the elytra. The legs and palps are dark brown.

    Similar Species

    This looks like a smaller version of P. cognatus but lacks the bicolour (brown+yellow)of the first antennal segment.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • 7-8mm
    • black with shining metallic green elytra
    • first antennal segment entirely black
    • pronotum with a dorsal series of four punctures
    • line at base of abdominal tergites relatively straight
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


    Commonly found in open woodland and heath-grassland.

    Life History

    Often found with Philonthus cognatus.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent over much of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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