Soft-winged Flower Beetle

Dasytes aeratus


Body length 3.5 to 4.5mm. A dark, rather hairy beetle with a fairly long thin body. The legs are all dark.


Woodland edge, hedgerows or a wide range of habitats, the adult beetles feeding on pollen. The larvae are predators of small insects in decaying wood but also eat some dead insects.

Status and distribution

Common and widely distributed throughout southern England and Wales, but rare in the west country and north of Yorkshire. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to August.