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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    MAP KEY:

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

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