Soldier Beetle

Malthinus flaveolus


Over all length 5 to 6mm. The elytra are grey with yellow spots at the tips. The pronotum and face are yellow and the top of the head is black. There are three other similar species but identification should be straightforward with care.


Woodland edge, hedgerows, where they can be seen on the flowers of Hawthorn and later a variety of woody plants including Elder, but particularly on Oaks. The larvae develop in decaying wood.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in England and Wales but becoming scarce in Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to August.