Soft-winged Flower Beetle

Dasytes plumbeus


Body length 3.5 to 4.5mm. A dark, rather hairy beetle with a fairly long thin body. The pronotum is narrower than the elytra. The legs have pale tibiae.


Adult beetles are normally found visiting flowers. The larvae generally feed on other insects in rotting wood.

Status and distribution

Fairly Common and widespread in southern Britain. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to July.