Hedychrum nobile (Scopoli, 1763) 
A recent arrival to the UK, when found in Surrey in 1998, but it has colonised the south-east and spread north-west since. In 2020, Hedychrum nobile was recorded new to Nottinghamshire, when found by Tim Sexton on the site of the former Rufford Colliery at Rainworth. H. nobile is difficult to distinguish from H. niemelai (currently unknown from Nottinghamshire) and can only be done so by close examination of a specimen. The preferred host is the larger  Cerceris arenaria. Grateful thanks to Tim, for once again allowing the use of his superb photographs.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Hedychrum nobile 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Tim Sexton. David Shaw. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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Updated January 2024

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