Glow Worm Lampyris noctiluca  (Linnaeus, 1758)
This is perhaps one of the most well known of all beetles, but one which we had never seen before 2008 and certainly many others have probably never seen. It has a scattered and declining distribution across Nottinghamshire, with a stronghold in the Sherwood Forest area. Although it has been found to have disappeared from many of it's former Nottinghamshire localities, there is a likelyhood that previously unknown sites may yet be discovered. Glow Worm numbers have declined at many UK sites in recent years. The distribution map at the bottom of this page, shows all Nottinghamshire's post-1990 Glow Worm records.
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Adult female Glow Worm, photographed by day at Clipstone Old Quarter June 2011
 
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Adult female Glow Worm, photographed by day at Clumber Park June 2008
 
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Adult male Glow Worm, photographed by day at Clipstone Old Quarter, June 2011
 
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Adult male Glow Worm, photographed by day at Clumber Park, June 2008
 
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Adult female Glow Worms, photographed by night at Clipstone Old Quarter June 2008
 
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Ovae, laid by ex Clumber Park female on June 28th.   Newly hatched larva, reared from eggs ex Clumber Park female and hatched July 26th 2008
 
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Full grown Glow Worm larva, photographed Clipstone Old Quarter, early May 2008. Length 18mm.   Full grown female larva feeding on Dusky Slug (Arion subfuscous) at Clipstone Old Quarter larva. Length 28mm. Photographed April 26th 2010.
 
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Female Glow Worm pupa from ex Clipstone Old Quarter larva. Photographed June 1st 2009.
 
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Adult female Glow Worm, emerging from pupa (reared ex Clipstone Old Quarter larvae) photographed June 10th 2009
 
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Male Glow Worm pupa from ex Clipstone Old Quarter larva, photographed April 25th 2012.
 
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Male Glow Worm pupae producing disturbance glows.
 
 
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Lampyris noctiluca
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - The UK Glow Worm Survey. The Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Martin Dale. Ludwik Michalek. James Glendenning. Andrew Lowe. Michael Walker. Rob Edmunds (NBGRC).

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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