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Observed: 20th May 2010 By: GillyPopps

Black beetle! Can anyone tell me what this is? Found on my doorstep.

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GillyPopps's picture

Unknown Black Beetle

Approx 4cm in length with mottled brown spots on top of black body.

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That's a big beetle - could you confirm that 4cm is right? If so, it'll narrow down the options!

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Pill Beetle

From the photos of the Pill Beetle this does look very similar although a bit blacker in colour. I didn't actually measure it on the day I saw it but know that it was well over 1" (roughly between 3-4 cm) as I recall. I have seen a picture of one on somebody's hand on this site and it was alot bigger than that.

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Byrrhus pilula

could someone possibly look at this observation as well to confirm or otherwise it is Byrrhus pilula. thanks

markgtelfer's picture

definitely Byrrhus

Both this observation and the older one ( are definitely a species of the genus Byrrhus. They both look good for pilula which is also the most likely species but I can't be sure.