Philonthus varians


Length about 6 mm. The brownish elytra often show some degree of red marking or spots.

Identification difficulty

Associated with decaying matter and dung.

When to see it

Spring to autumn.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 122 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