Rhizophagus dispar


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

Identification difficulty

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.

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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