Donacia simplex (Fabricius, 1775)
A large leaf beetle found on waterside vegetation, especially Bur-reed. During an invertebrate survey of an area of Newstead Abbey in June 2013, we found two specimens of Donacia simplex, but a bed of Bur-reed near the waterfall on the large ornamental lake, produced dozens. A widespread species across much of the UK. Both male and female are metallic brown, although there is a hint of green in the elytra of the male. Both sexes are illustrated.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Donacia simplex
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Brian Wetton.

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Updated November 2022

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