Philonthus cognatus


Adults are 8 to 11 mm long. They are black in colour with a green metallic sheen on the elytra which are are profusely pitted. A distinctive feature of this species is that the underside of the first antennal segment is yellow, contrasting with the black upperside.

Identification difficulty

Often found in semi-natural habitats with damp soils, such as open woodland and heath grassland.

When to see it

All year peaking in spring and summer.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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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