Amara communis (Panzer, 1797)
Amara communis is just one of a difficult group of Ground Beetles to identify. The one in the top left photograph is typical of the species, but a bright metallic blue specimen was found at Budby South Forest in April 2013 and caused us quite a stir. We have seen hundreds of metallic coloured Amaras over recent years, but never seen any individual with a blue colouration and while we don't like to publish 'in the pot' photographs, we had to here, as they showed the blue colouration best of all.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Amara communis
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (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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