Harpalus rufipes (De Geer, 1774)
Another black ground beetle (Carabidae) but quite easy to identify, due to it's orange legs and antennae and also by it's distinct pubesence across much of the pronutum and elytra. This is most noticeable through a hand lens or when photographed. Harpalus rufipes was not a common beetle to find in Sherwood Forest during a survey we did back in July 2008, but has gone on and proved to be quite widespread at other sites.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Harpalus rufipes
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Wil Heeney. Meg Skinner. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Jenny Wallace. Charlie Barnes. NBGRC. 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 2022

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