Agathidium varians (Beck, 1817)
A very small beetle, which is distinct in appearance. Agathidium varians is one of the so called Shiny Fungus Beetles and are seen fairly commonly in Spring. 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 A. 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.
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 February 2017

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