Philonthus politus


A large dark rove beetle with rather bronzy elytra.

Identification difficulty

A patch habitat species most frequently found in carrion.

When to see it

April to November.

UK Status

Rather localised in Britain. Most records seem to come from central England and from Wales.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 26 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015; however we are not aware of any records between 1999 and the Frolesworth specimen in 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