Chrysolina brunsvicensis (Gravenhorst, 1807) 
Chrysolina brunsvicensis has always proved to been historically rare in Nottinghamshire, with records prior to 2021 from Attenborough in 1903 and Barrow Hill Wood in 1908. After much searching personally and checking any Chrysolina hyperici found over recent years, Chrysolina brunsvicensis was suddenly found at Blidworth Woods by David Shaw in October 2021. David then found it at Hangar Hill Plantation and near Budby Pumping Station in November 2021 while I turned it up at Carburton Border and then Clipstone Old Quarter.

Very similar to the much commoner Chrysolina hyperici (the two species have been found together at at least one Nottinghamshire site) with differences in the puncturation being the best indicator of species, but specimens showing a beautiful claret colouration usually prove to be C. brunsvicensis. It seems to prefer St John's Wort (Hypericum sp) growing along the sides of forest tracks.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Chrysolina brunsvicensis    
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - David Shaw. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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 2024

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