With a length of 10 to 15 mm this is one of the larger rove beetles. It is a dark species with a mainly black appearance and is similar to several other species, especially the less common Quedius fuliginosus. Detailed examination is necessary for identification.
A species of extensive habitats on damp soils. It is often found in rotting logs, rotting vegetation etc.
All year round.
Widespread and frequent in most of Britain.
Widespread and fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 155 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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