Sun Beetle

Amara aenea


Body length 6.5 - 9mm. This is a genus containing several very similar species and a microscope may be needed to separate them to species. They are mainly black with a coppery metallic sheen. The femora are black but the tarsi are reddish/brown. The antennae are black with reddish segments at the base.


Woodland edge and hedgerows where they hunt for small invertebrates.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread mainly in the southern half of Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to August