Rhagonycha lignosa


At 6 or 7 mm this is a small, slim beetle with entirely dark forebody and scutellum, pale golden; strongly granulate elytra and pale gold coloured legs.

Identification difficulty

Mostly arboreal, and likely to be found in woodland borders, parkland and wasteland, but it may also be found on umbelliferous flowers such as Hogweed in warm weather.

When to see it

May to late July.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 57 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