Tachyporus hypnorum


This small (3 or 4 mm long) rove beetle, black with dark red wing cases and a yellow margin to its thorax is another species which is shaped like a teardrop travelling blunt end first.

Identification difficulty

In plant litter, moss, under leaf rosettes, or amongst soil crumbs on the soil surface.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

It is a useful predator of other small invertebrates in the garden or in agriculture, feeding especially on aphids.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 449 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