Ground Beetle

Anchomenus dorsalis


Body length 6 - 8mm. A bright metallic beetle with rufous shoulder patches and reddish legs.


Open ground in fields and gardens. Feeds on other invertebrates, including slugs.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread with discontinuous distribution across Britain. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and recorded at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to August.