Sphaeroderma testaceum (Fabricius, 1775)
A small common beetle, but this was only the second Sherwood NNR record. Found in September 2009, S. testaceum is most often found on Knapweeds and Thistles. Males are slightly smaller than the female pictured here, which measured just 3.5mm, yet they are conspicuous and easy to find. There is one other Sphaeroderma species in the UK, so good photographs or specimens should be taken to ensure the correct identification.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Sphaeroderma testaceum
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Pauline Bradford. Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records).

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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