Longitarsus dorsalis (Fabricius, 1781)
This small leaf beetle was actually found in a Mapperley garden, which has been unkempt for several years while renovation and rebuilding of the house takes place. Ragwort grows in profusion and is one of the host plants for this distinctive beetle, which has a south-easterly distribution in the UK, generally south of The Wash. Longitarsus dorsalis is currently classed as Nationally notable B. Nottinghamshire's first record was from Langford Lowfields in 2012 (Wallace, J. per Wright S.) and it appears to be spreading through the county.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Longitarsus dorsalis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Sheila Wright. Charlie Barnes. Phil Lee.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated November 2017

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