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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map