Agathidium varians (Beck, 1817)
Beetles of the Genus Agathidium are very small beetles, with a very distinct in appearance. Often referred to as Shiny Fungus Beetles, their preferred habitat is on and around tree fungus, but their small size renders them difficult to spot. The top two photographs show what was the first Sherwood Forest record of Agathidium varians since 1907, found at Clipstone Old Quarter in late March 2010. Our only other encounter with this diminutive species, was on fungi under a fallen log at Market Warsop in early April 2013 and from leaf litter at Misson Carr in April 2023.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Agathidium varians
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney.

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 January 2022

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