Body length 4 to 6.5mm. This is a small dark beetle, often with a coppery sheen, and large, bulging eyes. There are eight very similar species, with the commonest being N. biguttatus.
Woodland, grasslands and gardens. They prey on springtails and other small leaf-litter inhabitants.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
April to September.