Snow Flea Boreus hyemalis (Linnaeus, 1767)
Unusual among insects, Boreus hyemalis is active throughout the Winter months and its habit of being found on lying snow and making short jumps to escape, have led to the common name of Snow Flea. Boreus hyemalis is the less well known of the UK's four species of Mecoptera (Scorpion Flies). Described as being common across the UK, there are few records from much of England south of the Midlands and we can currently trace no other Nottinghamshire records. A single record found on the NBN Gateway and listed as 'the Nottingham area 1836' seems to been from near Codnor in Derbyshire. This mating pair (the female is always on top in Boreus hyemalis) were found within 30 minutes of searching suitable mossy habitat, at Sherwood Forest CP in early January 2014.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Boreus hyemalis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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Updated January 2016

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