Telmatophilus typhae


A small (1.5 to 2 mm) dark grey-black beetle.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.  Please state the host plant on which the beetle was found when adding your record.


Wet areas and pool margins where Bulrush (Typha sp.) are present. It can be found by beating or peeling back the outer leaves to expose hibernating specimens.

When to see it

Can be found in most months of the year with a possible peak in May and June.

UK Status

Widespread in the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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