Alaobia scapularis (Sahlberg, 1831)
In the UK, this small and apparently rather insignificant Staphylinid (Rove Beetle) is currently classed as being Nationally Notable. It seems to be known in Nottinghamshire purely on the basis of our own records from Clipstone Old Quarter in 2013 and most recently in 2017, when we finally managed to obtain the photographs below. Alaobia scapularis was only recently discovered to be a parasitoid of Glow Worm Lampyris noctiluca pupae (Horne & Horne, 2008) and the pupa seems to be especially well protected by the adult beetles, which only leave the pupa alone during severe disturbance.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Alaobia scapularis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated November 2017

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