Common Pollen Beetle

Brassicogethes aeneus


Over all length 2.5mm. This is a group of small black beetles that are found on flowers, particularly yellow ones, that are very difficult to differentiate into species. The photo shows what is probably Brassicogethes aeneus.


The adults feed on pollen but the larvae feed on the flowers and can cause damage in crops such as oil-seed rape.

Status and distribution

Very common and widespread in England and Wales, slightly less widespread in Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to September.