Tachyporus obtusus


Length 4 mm. A generally orangey brown rove beetle with an orangey brown pronotum, dark elytra and dark bristly tail.

Identification difficulty

Most habitats including woods and gardens - on plants, moss and in leaf litter.

When to see it

Most likely to be seen in summer and autumn

Life History

Feeds on aphids and other tiny insects

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 302 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