Athous campyloides

Range & Status

Sparsely distributed across southern and south-eastern Britain.

Regional Distribution

Discovered near Lizard village by R.T. Bannister in 1974 and close to Loe Pool by K.N.A. Alexander in 1989.

Habitat & Ecology

Larvae develop in the soil, feeding at roots of broadleaved herbs, generally in unimproved or semi-improved pastures. Proximity to wetland may be important.

Threats

Agricultural improvement of old pastures. Abandonment of grazing, leading to coarsening and scrub development.

Conservation

The Loe Pool site is owned by The National Trust although managed under an agricultural tenancy.