Pill Beetle - Byrrhus pilula


This is an all brown pill beetle with inconspicuous rows of dark and light brown markings on the elytra. The name Pill Beetle stems from the ability to retract all appendages into grooves underneath the body, feigning death in this manner and resembling a rabbit dropping

Identification difficulty

They live among grasses and mosses and are very slow moving.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

Believed to feed on mosses, as larvae and adults.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain, but probably overlooked at times.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 48 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