Scolopostethus decoratus (Hahn, 1833)
Scolopostethus decoratus is a very small, but well marked Lygaeid bug. Unfortunately there are other species which add to difficulties in identification. S. decoratus has mostly black antennae and is less widespread than both Scolopostethus thomsoni and S. affinis. Probably common on most Nottinghamshire heathland sites, there is a 2006 record from Sherwood Heath (Godfrey, A.) but only historical records from the rest of the Sherwood Forest NNR area, until we found S. decoratus in numbers by beating tall Heather on Budby South Forest in September 2015.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Scolopostethus decoratus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014).

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Updated January 2022

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