Philonthus cruentatus


A blackish species but usually with prominent red spots on the wing cases. There are similar species and care is needed with identification.

Identification difficulty

A species of extensive habitats on damp soils, but it also turns up in patch habitats, especially dung and carrion.

When to see it

All year round, but especially in summer.

UK Status

Widespread in England and Wales but not well recorded.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 26 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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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