Platycis minutus

    Description

    Length 5 to 8 mm. The elytra are red or orangey-red with strongly raised longitudinal lines. The head, pronotum and legs are all black.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It is said the species seems to prefer well-vegetated and shaded areas on lowland chalk and limestone sites where it is associated with Beech and Birch.

    When to see it

    All year round, but peak time seems to be May to September. All four VC55 records up to the end of 2014 were recorded in August or September.

    Life History

    Larvae develop in dead wood, feeding on micro-organisms in fluids, they may also be predatory.

    UK Status

    Quite scarce, but widely distributed throughout England and Wales south of the Wash, scattered records from mid and north Yorkshire and absent from the west country and western Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 6 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map