Empicoris vagabundus (Linnaeus, 1758)
At first glance, Empicoris vagabundus does not look at all bug-like, but it actually belongs to the Reduviidae family, which are more often known as Assassin Bugs. There are just three species of Empicoris in the UK and E. vagabundus is the most common. It seems relatively common on areas of heathland such as Budby South Forest, but we recently found several nymphs on non-native Conifers growing in dense shade at Wellow Park.
Empicoris vagabundus nymph photographed at Wellow Park August 2015
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Empicoris vagabundus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Jim Flanagan.

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 2022

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