Rhizophagus dispar

    Description

    This beetle has a red shiny appearance with a broad dark band across the elytra.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found under bark of various trees.

    Life History

    It feeds on fungi and decaying matter, the adult is also a predator of fly larvae.

    UK Status

    Once mainly a northern species, it is now being regularly recorded further south, and has been found in most of England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 89 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map