Donacia vulgaris (Zschach, 1788)
A common leaf beetle, recorded from the edges of ponds and other water sources. The larvae are aquatic, but the adults can be found on Bulrush and other reeds, usually quite low down. This is a fairly large species, measuring around 12mm. These adults were found at Eakring Flash in early August 2009 and again in early May 2011. More recently, we found this beetle at Warsop Main Pit Top in May 2013, where the upper four photographs were taken.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Donacia vulgaris
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney. 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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