Subject: What’s this
Location: Essex, UK
May 1, 2016 10:09 am
Lots of these in my house and curious as to what they are. Started appearing two weeks ago
At first glance we assumed this was a Burying Beetle or Sexton Beetle, until we realized the antennae were quite different. After a bit of searching on NatureSpot, we identified your Soft Winged Flower Beetle in the family Malachiidae as Anthocomus fasciatus. According to NatureSpot: “Despite its size the adult is a predator of even smaller insects. The larvae of Anthocomus are predatory on the larvae of wood-boring beetles.” BioLib also has a nice image.