Sphaeridium lunatum


Length 5.5 to 7.5 mm. A very smooth, blackish dome shaped beetle with pale yellow tips to the lytra and faint reddish blotches on its sides.

Identification difficulty

Around herbivorous animals.

When to see it

April to October.

Life History

Adults feed on the fresh dung of herbivorous animals; their young are predators of small insect larvae.

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 32 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