Saperda scalaris (Linnaeus, 1758)
Although one of the appropriately named Longhorn Beetles (of which some 60 species are resident in the UK) Saperda scalaris is one of the most colourful of the longhorns and a rare species. It currently holds Nationally Scarce Grade A status, meaning it has only been recorded from 16-30 10km squares since 1980. Longhorns belong to the Cerambycidae family and are amongst the most easily recognised beetles. However, in some cases, specific species identification can be quite difficult, whilst others are more obvious. The larvae of Saperda scalaris live in dead branches and it's range in Nottinghamshire may be restricted to the Sherwood Forest area. The ones pictured were found at Sherwood Forest CP on 17/06/10 and 14/05/17.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Saperda scalaris
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Adrian Dutton. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Nick and Samantha Brownley.

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Updated June 2022

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