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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map