Orchid Beetle (Dascillus cervinus) Wandlebury

A medium-sized (9-12mm), dull brown or greyish beetle of rather nondescript appearance. The whole body is covered by dense pubescence.

D. cervinus is widespread but rather localised and with a patchy distribution with records most frequent in North Wales, the Lake District, East Anglian Brecks, North Downs and Salisbury Plain. It seems to favour downland and upland areas, often where orchids are present (hence the common name), though the soil-dwelling larvae apparently fed mainly on grass roots.