Strawberry Seed Beetle - Harpalus rufipes

    Alternative names
    Strawberry Ground Beetle

    11-16mm. Dark brown or black and dull but with the elytra covered with short yellowish hairs. Legs and antennae are reddish-brown. Only the first and second antennal segments are bare. The pronotum sides are rounded and sinuate just in front of the sharp hind angles.

    Identification difficulty

    Very often found under stones and logs in open, dry situations, especially arable fields.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Several may be found together.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 118 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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