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.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map