This species is surprisingly related to rove beetles, to which it bears very little resemblance. It is mainly black and shiny but with four red spots or blotches (two on each elytrum).
Often under fungoid logs, or feeding on fungi such as brackets.
April to August
It feeds on fungus and is sometimes called a 'Shining Fungus Beetle'.
This beetle is fairly widespread in England and Wales, but not further north. It is not particularly common.
Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 4 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
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