Nacerdes melanura (Linnaeus, 1758)
This quite large and distinctive beetle is perhaps reminiscent of several species of Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles) but habitually it is different, often being recorded indoors. Sometimes more commonly referred to as the Wharf Borer, Nacerdes melanura is predominantly a species of coastal areas in the south of England and Wales. It is known to occur in Midlands counties and there are a number of Nottinghamshire records listed on the NBN Atlas, although most of these are duplicates of records from Bestwood in 1958 and 1959 - both records probably originating from the former Bestwood Colliery. The only recent records we know of, come from the Colwick area of Nottingham in 2018 (Matthews, D.) and Netherfield Lagoons in 2019 (Smith, P.). Our thanks go to Darren Matthews for providing us with the opportunity to photograph the specimen below.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Nacerdes melanura
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Darren Matthews. Peter Smith. Netherfield Wildlife Group.

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Updated January 2022

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