Quedius mesomelinus


This is quite a large fairly plain dark brown or almost black rove beetle, sometimes paler when found in caves.

Identification difficulty

Found in a variety of locations including mammal burrows, tree cavities, and caves as well as in various outbuildings and compost heaps.

When to see it

All year round

Life History

Lives in debris and decaying organic matter, especially compost heaps and fungi.

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 52 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