Hister unicolor (Linnaeus, 1758)
The Histeridae are a notoriously difficult group of beetles to ID, including this one, which did take several weeks to sort out. There are a range of similar species (many of them black) which does'nt help matters. They are commonly found in horse and cattle dung and have a habit of withdrawing their appendages close to the body. The Hister unicolor in the photographs was one of two found together in Sherwood Forest in July 2008, but they should be quite common throughout Nottinghamshire.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Hister unicolor
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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Updated February 2017

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