Blue Rove Beetle Ocypus ophthalmicus (Scopoli, 1763)
There are over 1000 species of Rove Beetle (Staphylinidae) in the UK, making them one of the most difficult families to identify to species level. This means that they are often left well alone by Coleopterists, but occasionally, there are species which can be readily identified quite easily. When used to Rove Beetles, Ocypus ophthalmicus is one such species and identifiable through its large size and distinctly turquoise coloured elytra, with the head and pronotum being slightly duller. The one photographed was found crawling up the wall of a day centre in Mansfield in June 2016 and looks to be the first county record since one at Sherwood Forest in 1912.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Ocypus ophthalmicus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Phil Lee.

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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