Quedius curtipennis


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.

Identification difficulty

A species of extensive habitats on damp soils. It is often found in rotting logs, rotting vegetation etc.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and frequent in most of Britain.

VC55 Status

Widespread and fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 155 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