Ground Beetle

Notiophilus species


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.