Sphaeridium scarabaeoides


Length 5 to 7 mm. Whilst normally a well-marked beetle where the black elytra have a dark red blotch and fade to a pale yellow-brown in the rear third, it can be variable and could be confused with other similar species.

Similar Species

Sphaeridium substriatum can look very similar.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

This species has a red ID rating and unless identified by a known expert you must provide a satisfactory explanation of how it was identified for the record to be accepted.


Around cattle dung.

When to see it

Spring to autumn.

Life History

Associated with cow dung.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 34 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