Scaphidium quadrimaculatum

Description

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).

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Often under fungoid logs, or feeding on fungi such as brackets.

When to see it

April to August

Life History

It feeds on fungus and is sometimes called a 'Shining Fungus Beetle'.

UK Status

This beetle is fairly widespread in England and Wales, but not further north. It is not particularly common.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 4 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map