Silpha laevigata


Distinguished from other Silpha species by the absence of raised longitudinal lines on the elytra.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats – wherever food sources occur.

When to see it

Most often encountered in the warmer months of the year.

Life History

As well as taking carrion it is a predator of snails.

UK Status

Often coastal but found locally inland though usually in the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 2 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