Conopalpus testaceus (Olivier, 1790)
This is a small beetle with two colour forms, both of which are shown in the photographs below. We have found adults in Sherwood Forest CP by day on the trunks of Oaks, but it is not an easy find and is more regularly recorded at MV light traps. Conopalpus testaceus belongs to the Melandryidae family and is small, at around 9mm in length.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Conopalpus testaceus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Natural England - Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI & Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI, Nottinghamshire Saproxylic invertebrate survey, Natural England Field Unit, April-October 2018.

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Updated January 2020

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