This is an all brown pill beetle with inconspicuous rows of dark and light brown markings on the elytra. The name Pill Beetle stems from the ability to retract all appendages into grooves underneath the body, feigning death in this manner and resembling a rabbit dropping
They live among grasses and mosses and are very slow moving.
When to see it
All year round.
Believed to feed on mosses, as larvae and adults.
Widespread in Britain, but probably overlooked at times.
They never let me down I always seem to find adders when I visit Cavenham heath , I saw three today while looking for bees and wasps .. Ive posted information on them before.
4 to 6 mm. Black with distinctive white markings on the pronotum and elytra. Freshly emerged specimens are initially brown.
The typical habitat of the adults is around dead wood although they may also be found on flowers e.g. Crataegus or Malus in the spring and early summer when they may be pollen feeders.
When to see it
April and May
In Britain this species is mainly found south of the Humber.
The fly was never more than 2-3 inches away from the bee even in flight. The fly is satellite fly (cleptoparasite).
Very worn Osmia bicolor
Andrena cineraria (m)
Just a few of the other bees that I came across , I’ve posted information on these species before.
This large Andrena is one of a group of three (A. fucata Smith, A. helvola (Linnaeus) and A.synadelpha) which are quite similar in appearance, phenology and habitat preferences (all found most often associated with clearings in deciduous woodland during May and June). The males are often seen visiting the flowers of wood spurge, the females at those of hawthorn and field maple. Females of all these species have gasters which sport bands of brown pubescence, differing mostly in the density of the hairs.
Found throughout England and Wales, although predominately southern and always local in occurrence. There is one Scottish record and the species should be sought elsewhere in that country.
Distributed in western Europe from Spain to Poland and Denmark, but absent from Fennoscandia, Italy and the Balkan region.
Status (in Britain only)
This species is not regarded as being scarce or threatened.
Most often found in deciduous woodland on a variety of soil types.
April to June.
It is reported as nesting in large aggregations in Germany (Westrich, 1989), but these have not been reported within the range of this Atlas.
A wide variety of flowers are visited, perhaps more often the following: field maple, hawthorn, wood spurge and holly.
Nomada ruficornis (Linnaeus) has been recorded as a parasite. Stylops nevinsoni Perkins is also recorded as being found on it (Perkins, 1918).