Oulema melanopus (Linnaeus, 1758)
This colourful leaf beetle is much less common than the virtually identical Oulema rufocyanea and this seems to be the first record for the Sherwood Forest area. With a length of around 5mm, Oulema melanopus feeds on grasses and cereal crops and is probably common and under recorded throughout much of Nottinghamshire. This adult was photographed on Sherwood Heath in July 2012.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Oulema melanopus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Charlie Barnes. Brian Wetton.

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Updated November 2022

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