Stilbus testaceus


    Length 1.8 to 2.3 mm. A small, shiny brown beetle with paler tipped elytra.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


    Found in a wide range of habitats including moss, leaf litter, compost, flood refuse, grass tussocks etc.

    When to see it

    All year round peaking in April and May.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map