Thanasimus formicarius (Linnaeus, 1758)
The individual photographed, was one of two found together on a one metre high Pine stump in Lound Wood Eakring on May 6th 2005. It has a distinctly ant-like posture and general appearance - hence the reference to ants in the Latin name formicarius. They are primarily predatory and scavenging beetles, most often found on the trunks of trees. They feed on other beetles and their larvae.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Thanasimus formicarius
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Allan and Annette Binding. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Clumber Park SSSI Saproxylic Invertebrate Survey - A report to Natural England by EMEC Ecology 2019. Brian Wetton.

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Updated November 2022

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