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

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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


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
01/05/1992 (Jon Daws)
Last record:
07/07/2019 (Calow, Graham)

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