Ampedus balteatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
One of 65 UK species belonging to the Elateridae group (Click Beetles) is Ampedus balteatus. The common name is extremely apt, as the beetle has the ability to flick itself upright should it fall onto it's back. It is able to do this by flexing a well developed joint between the first and second thoracic stermites. This also seems to be used as a defence mechanism if the beetle feels threatened. A. balteatus seems to be far less common than other members of the group and the ones pictured have all come from the Sherwood Forest NNR.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Ampedus balteatus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC.

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Updated December 2018

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