Malthinus seriepunctatus (Kiesenwetter, 1852)
Malthinus seriepunctatus is one of the smallest of the Cantharidae group, measuring around 4-5mm in length. There are about 40 species of Soldier Beetles in the UK and most are frequent visitors to thistles and umbelliferous flowers. With such a small size, this is a difficult species to find, but they are occasionally attracted to MV light traps. The ones pictured, were found in a shady area of Sherwood Forest CP in mid-July 2008 and along a Hawthorn hedge at Caunton in June 2009.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Malthinus seriepunctatus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006.

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Updated January 2016

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