Coccidula rufa (Herbst, 1783)
This colourful beetle belongs to the Ladybird family (Coccinellidae) and is probably common across much of Nottinghamshire. It's small size renders it less conspicuous and sweeping is supposed to be the best method of finding this beetle. Several of these were found within the hollow stems of Bulrush at Eakring Flash in early February 2010. Length around 2.5-3mm. The only Coccidula rufa larva we have found was tucked well into the leaf sheath of a dead Bulrush stem at Eakring Flash in August 2010.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Coccidula rufa
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Meg Skinner. Wil Heeney. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Phil Lee. NBGRC. Meg Skinner. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust). 

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Updated January 2022

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