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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map