Pyropterus nigroruber


7.5 to 10 mm it is entirely black but with distinctive red elytra. The antennae in this species are not pale tipped.

Similar Species

Platycis minutus is similar but has pale tipped antennae.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Adults have been observed on a variety of flowers feeding on pollen during hot weather and on may also be seen on moss covered timber.

When to see it

The short-lived adults occur mainly from June to August.

UK Status

In Britain it has a restricted and fragmentary distribution; it is locally frequent around South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire but little recorded elsewhere.

VC55 Status

Rare, or rarely recorded, in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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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