Philorhizus melanocephalus (Dejean, 1825)
This is a very small Carabid, measuring between 2.5 and 3.5mm. Perhaps best recorded by beating foliage, as Philorhizus melanocephalus climbs tall foliage. The ones illustrated, were found by beating Gorse on Sherwood Heath SSSI in early October 2017 and in a leaf litter sample, taken from a disused railway line at Market Warsop in April 2020. There have been several records from the Sherwood Forest area, but this is probably a common beetle over much of Nottinghamshire.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Philorhizus melanocephalus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Bob Merritt. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney. Liam Andrews. Charlie Barnes. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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Updated January 2022

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