Snail Hunter - Cychrus caraboides

    Description

    Length 14 to 19 mm. This beetle has a long thin head designed for getting inside snail shells to eat the flesh. It also has a pear-shaped body and is not likely to be confused with any other species.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It is mainly found in woodland and other shaded habitats living under rotten logs.

    When to see it

    It can found all year. In winter, it hibernates, often in groups, in hollows under logs and stones.

    Life History

    Larvae occur during autumn and winter as a result of autumn breeding.

    UK Status

    Quite common and widespread over much of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 66 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map