Harpalus affinis (Schrank, 1781)
One of several similar species, which are initially difficult to separate apart from this one. Harpalus affinis is distinguishable by it's pubescence around the elytra and often striking metallic copper, purple or green colouration. It measures around 11-12mm in length, this one was found under a moss covered log on the edge of Sherwood Forest in October 2008. H. affinis is a beetle of open dry areas, including farmland and is common.
Harpalus affinis adults showing range in colouration. Photographed at Warsop Main Pit Top April 2009.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Harpalus affinis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Wil Heeney. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Charlie Barnes. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Richard Davidson.

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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