Tachinus rufipes


This is a relatively common dark coloured rove beetle and it has the typical short wing cases.

Identification difficulty

Prefers damp (but not wet) habitats, damp logs, matted vegetation, compost and even dung.

When to see it

Peaking March/April and again in July.

Life History

It is a predator of aphids and other small creatures.

UK Status

Common and widespread throughout Britain

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 345 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map