Beris chalybata (Forster, 1771)
This Soldier Fly is almost certainly much more widespread than the distribution map suggests. Beris chalybata is one of six species of Beris occurring in the UK, and these can all be identified from photographs by a combination of leg and abdomen colour. The female is illustrated in the lower two photographs, found at Dyscarr Wood in May 2016 by Pauline Bradford, who kindly allowed us to use her photographs.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Beris chalybata
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Pauline Bradford. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Natural England - Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI & Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI, Nottinghamshire Saproxylic invertebrate survey, Natural England Field Unit, April-October 2018.

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Updated January 2021

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