Calathus melanocephalus

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Calathus melanocephalus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Carabidae
Genus: Calathus
Species: C. melanocephalus
Binomial name
Calathus melanocephalus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Calathus melanocephalus is a species of blackish-red coloured ground beetle from the Platyninae subfamily that can be found everywhere in Europe except for Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City and various European, Asian and African islands.[1] The species is mostly black coloured and have red thorax. It is found in bare, sandy soil, under stones, and in leaf litter. Its flying time is from April to September.[2]


It is found widely across the United Kingdom.


  1. ^ "Calathus (Neocalathus) melanocephalus (Linne 1758)". 2.6.2. Fauna Europaea. August 29, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Calathus melanocephalus". Nature Spot. Retrieved June 30, 2013.