Red-breasted Carrion Beetle Oiceoptoma thoracicum (Linnaeus, 1758)
The Red-breasted Carrion Beetle belongs to the Silphidae family, more commonly referred to as burying beetles. The Red-breasted Carrion Beetle is a common woodland species, feeding on carrion and rotting fungi, but is not found with any regularity in our experience. With a length of 12-16mm, they are fairly easy to spot with careful searching, often seen at the top of grass before taking flight.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Oiceoptoma thoracicum
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Pauline Bradford. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Howard Williams. NBGRC. Brian Wetton.

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Updated January 2024

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