Black-horned Little Snailkiller

Pherbellia dubia


Body length 6 to 9mm. The head and abdomen are buffish, the head with red eyes. The thorax is grey. The antennae are orange with black tips and are very short.


Woodland and woodland edge with a well vegetated ground layer. The larvae feed on ground living snails in the shade of the plants.

Status and distribution

Fairly widespread throughout Britain though slightly commoner in Wales and the south. Uncommon in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to August.