Ampedus cardinalis (Schiödte, 1865)
Ampedus cardinalis is one of several brightly coloured click beetles found in Nottinghamshire and is probably restricted to the Sherwood Forest area, where we have found this colourul beetle on just two occasions, both coming from a formerly cleared area of Pines at Clipstone Old Quarter, which just left the ancient Oaks intact in July 2008 and most recently in 2023. The red and black Ampedus click beetles are difficult to tell apart, but A. cardinalis is slightly larger than A. quercicola, has less hairs and the pronutum is quite dull in comparison to A. quercicola and is more densely punctured.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Ampedus cardinalis
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).

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Updated January 2016

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