Tasgius morsitans


    One of the larger rove beetles at 12 to 16 mm. It is all black except for red/brown legs and the antennae basal segments.

    Identification difficulty

    A ground dwelling beetle recorded in various habitats from woodland to well drained arable fields. It may be found sheltering under logs and stones, and is sometimes recorded in pitfall traps.

    When to see it

    All year peaking in summer.

    UK Status

    Widespread in England, but less well recorded elsewhere in Britain

    VC55 Status

    Occasional and rather local at times in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 19 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)

    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015


    UK Map