Soldier Beetle

Rhagonycha limbata


Body length 5 to 6mm. A small brown, narrow-bodied beetle. The head and thorax are shiny black, the elytra are duller and the femora are black.


Grasslands, woodland edge and hedgerows. The adults and larvae feed on small insects.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout most of Britain except for the Scottish Highlands. Common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to July.