Agrilus sinuatus (Olivier, 1790)
The Jewel Beetles (Buprestidae) are among some of our most colourful beetles and Agrilus sinuatus is no exception. Once thought to be be uncommon, its current Nottinghamshire status would more likely be regarded as under-recorded. Indeed, many UK coleopterists have never seen it as an adult, but have seen countless 'D' shaped exit holes characteristic of Jewel Beetles.

The larvae feed on dead or dying Hawthorn, such as the Hawthorn below on Penny Pasture Common, Eakring Meadows NR. Sherwood Forest only had its first record in 2009
(K. Alexander), and there are currently few records from the Trent Valley. However, the adults below were found within days of each other in early July 2020 at Netherfield Lagoons (photographs supplied by Peter Smith) and by myself at Stoke Bardolph (upper photographs).
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Agrilus sinuatus
 
 
 
 
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. Richard Rogers. Peter Smith. Netherfield Wildlife Group.

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 July 2020

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