small insects with most UK species having well-sculptured
wings and pronutum, from which they derive their name.
They have traditionally received little attention from
the county's naturalists and only a few years ago, we
still knew virtually nothing of their distribution in
Dictyonota fuliginosa was
first found at the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's
Attenborough Nature Reserve in early October 2016, when
it was beaten from Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
by assistant reserve manager Tim Sexton. Further records took a while to
come, but nymphs were beaten from Broom growing at Rainworth Heath NR in
June 2021, then an adult again beaten off Broom growing on Thoresby Pit
Top in July 2021. Grateful thanks go to Tim for kindly providing us with the
top two photographs.