Tillus elongatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
A distinctive species, Tillus elongatus is usually found on dead wood where it feeds on the larvae of another beetle Ptilinus pecticornis. Described as being local in the UK, the male differs from the female by being all black, whilst the female has a red pronutum. This is an active species, with this one being one of the most difficult to photograph, rarely staying still enough. The female (found at Wallingwells Wood in July 2021) is shown in the top two photographs, being larger than the male, which was found on a standing dead Beech trunk at Warsop Wood in June 2010.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Tillus elongatus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC. Clumber Park SSSI Saproxylic Invertebrate Survey - A report to Natural England by EMEC Ecology 2019.

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Updated January 2022

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