Amara plebeja (Gyllenhal, 1810)
A common ground beetle (Carabidae), generally frequenting moist, well vegetated habitats. There are several other similarly coloured species, which are a difficult group to identify, but Amara plebeja can be identified by the three-pronged tibial spur on the front legs, which unfortunately cannot be seen in the accompanying photographs. The one in the photographs below, was found at Clipstone Old Quarter in April 2009 and appears to be the first record for Sherwood Forest.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Amara plebeja
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney. Martin Gray. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Charlie Barnes. NBGRC.

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Updated January 2022

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