Musk Beetle Aromia moschata (Linnaeus, 1758)
This is a huge beetle, probably the largest species found in Nottinghamshire. It's large size struck us when we found this adult on a Sallow trunk in Gamston Wood near Retford in July 2010 and more recently in June 2011 (top two photographs). On the day, we also saw a second beetle alight near the top of another Sallow in the adjacent Eaton Wood. These are believed to be the first site records, but this is a scarce beetle in Nottinghamshire anyway, and it's stronghold may possibly be along the Trent and Idle Valleys. Named after it's ability to produce a pleasant smell, Aromia moschata is a beetle that can also produce an audible sound when handled. It's also one of the Longhorn Beetles and frankly, has no comparison in size with any others. As an aid to helping appreciate this beetle's size, the lower left photograph shows Aromia moschata on the same Umbellifer flowerhead as a Rhagonycha fulva (a species familiar to most people)
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Aromia moschata
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Adrian Dutton. Richard Rogers. Tim Sexton. Paul Buxton.

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 February 2017

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