Batrisodes venustus (Reichenbach, 1816)
In Nottinghamshire, this tiny Rove Beetle (Staphylinidae), is completely confined to the Sherwood Forest area. Of Nationally notable A status, Batrisodes venustus is typically associated with the Ants Lasius brunneus and Lasius fuliginosus, both of which are long extinct at Sherwood, but it is not reliant on their presence. The specimen photographed, was found within rotten wood at the base of an ancient Oak in a section of the Sherwood Forest CP in late April 2016 and was the first Sherwood record since 2000 (Drane, A.B.) and 1998 (Lott, D.A.). It was recorded on a number of occasions in the 1960's (Johnson, C.) and in 1977 (Hodge, P.).
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Batrisodes venustus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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Updated November 2017

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