Pterostichus melanarius


13-17 mm with body, legs and antennae all black. The pronotum is fairly short and wide when compared to Pterostichus niger and is evenly rounded with a small tooth at the sharp rear angles. Deep elytral striae with convex intervals; Claw-bearing tarsal segment has 2-4 pairs of bristles on the underside.

Identification difficulty

Gardens, grassland and agricultural fields.

When to see it

All year

UK Status

Common and widespread.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 170 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