Trixagus dermestoides


    A very small, brown beetle measuring just 2.75 mm. It is the commonest of the Throscidae beetles, which are closely related to the more familiar Click Beetles (Elateridae).

    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.


    Favours woodland and well wooded areas.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History

    The larvae develop in wood.

    UK Status

    Widespread in the southern half of Britain, less well recorded further north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 35 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map