Rove Beetle

Tasgius morsitans


Over all length 12 to 18mm. A fairly large rove beetle with a black body and red legs. The antennae are red at the base and tips. The pronotum is textured with 'one size' punctures. Other, similar species also have micro-punctures.


A wide range of habitats are used, from lawns in gardens to woodland floors, hiding in leaf litter or under logs or rocks. Both adults and larvae feed on other insects.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in the south-east and Midlands. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

All year.