Rhopalus subrufus (Gmelin, 1790)
A common bug of brownfield sites, grassy and wooded areas, but it will also turn up in gardens. Belonging to the Rhopalidae family, these bugs are closely related to Squashbugs, with just 11 species in the UK. Rhopalus subrufus was found commonly on grass at Sherwood Forest in May 2010, but has turned up in our own Market Warsop garden and Gedling Pit Top in recent years. This is a lively species and takes flight easily.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Rhopalus subrufus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Pauline Bradford. Wil Heeney. Barry Lygo. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Sorby Natural History Society. NBGRC. Jim Flanagan. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

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 2024

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