Anthocomus rufus (Herbst, 1784)
Belonging to the Melyridae family, the bright red Anthocomus rufus is probably commoner in Nottinghamshire than NBN records suggest. It has a preference for wetter areas around reedbeds and margins, where it can be found on the heads of Phragmites or nearby flowers. The ones photographed were found at the edge of a tiny reed bed on Warsop Main Pit Top in August 2011, so sites like Attenborough and others in the Trent Valley should hold this beetle.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Anthocomus rufus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Richard Davidson. Charlie Barnes. NBGRC.

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Updated December 2018

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