Lesser Mealworm Beetle Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer, 1796) 
This seems to be a rarely encountered beetle in Nottinghamshire, with apparently just a handful of recent records from Nottingham Trent University's Brackenhurst Campus in 2017 (Heeney, W.) from Carlton in 2016 and from a Tawny Owl nest at Centre Parcs in 2019 (both Dutton, A.) and from some old livestock sheds at Vexation Lane near Rufford in 2020 (Pendleton, T.A.) where the one below was found in very old, dry straw and other materials.

It is a serious pest of stored grain and flour stores, poultry rearing facilities and other buildings were livestock is housed and is known to be an important vector of a number of poultry pathogens and parasites rthat can affect human health.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Alphitobius diaperinus   
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor Pendleton. Will Heeney. Adrian Dutton.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2022

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