Helophorus aequalis (Thomson, C.G., 1868)
Helophorus beetles are mostly found near water and are a difficult group to identify. It was quite surprising to find this adult in a small water trough deep in Sherwood Forest CP on a warm April 2010 afternoon. There are just two other records of Helophorus beetles from Sherwood Forest (both of which are historical) and neither of which were Helophorus aequalis, making this the first Sherwood record.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Helophorus aequalis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Bob Merritt. Tim Sexton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). NBGRC. Barry Lygo. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust).

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 January 2022

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