Heather Beetle Lochmaea suturalis (Thomson, C.G., 1866)
A very common beetle of heathland from March onwards, when it can regularly be seen in flight on warm, sunny days. In Nottinghamshire, it can be found easily at sites such as Budby South Forest and Rainworth Heath, but itwill promptly fall to the ground at the slightest disturbance on approach. Length around 6mm.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Lochmaea suturalis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Allan and Annette Binding. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC. David Shaw.

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Updated January 2022

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