Elaphrus cupreus (Duftschmid, 1812)
A common and distinctive Ground Beetle, which is frequent in damp and marshy areas. Digital photography brings out the best of this beetle's colours, otherwise not casually visible with the naked eye. When magnified, this (and other Elaphrus species) appear almost studded with Sapphires. Length 8-9mm. The one photographed was found underneath moss at Eakring Flash in early October 2008.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Elaphrus cupreus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney. Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Charlie Barnes.

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 November 2017

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