Uleiota planatus

Alternative names
Uleiota planata

Length 4.5-5.5mm. A conspicuously flat beetle, matt black to brown in colour, with antennae as long as the body.

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.


Beneath the bark of recently dead broadleaf and coniferous trees.

When to see it

All year.

Life History

The larvae are believed to feed on fungi beneath the bark of newly dead trees. The adults may be carnivorous.

UK Status

Although it has been classed as nationally scarce, this species is now an established introduction that is expanding its range.

VC55 Status

Uncommon or rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland, but probably increasing. There were 2 records for VC55 up until 2020.

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

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