Tasgius melanarius


    This is one of several similar dark coloured rove beetles and is about 9 mm in length. Because of the difficulties of identification of this group, the images shown are likely to be of Tasgius melanarius.

    Identification difficulty

    It is found in a variety of habitats, including compost heaps.

    When to see it

    April to October

    Life History

    Like many rove beetles, this is predator of smaller insects.

    UK Status

    Widespread throughout most of England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 74 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map