Cassida vibex (Linnaeus, 1767)
Possibly the rarest of the Cassida beetles in Nottinghamshire, this Cassida vibex was actually found during one of several minibeast hunts held for primary school children at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield on 29/05/12. It looks like this consitutes the third Nottinghamshire record, following one at Sneinton railway line in 1991 (Jenkins, P.) and a second taken at Shelford on 09/05/12 (Dutton, A.)

Cassida vibex is usually found on Thistles and Knapweeds, but this one was actually located on a Dock leaf, in an area of rank vegetation, thankfully left uncut. It has a south-easterly distribution in the UK, but few records north of Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.

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Cassida vibex habitat at Berry Hill Park Mansfield.
 
 
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Cassida vibex
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Adrian Dutton. Eddie Nurcome. Tamar Feast.

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 January 2016

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