Leistus ferrugineus (Linnaeus, 1758)
L. ferrugineus is a relatively common, small and colourful ground beetle. Immature adults show the colour of the ones pictured, throughout most of the Summer months, becoming darker with age. Size range is between 10-14mm and like most Carabidae, they are nocturnal and commonly found on paths etc during the evening. Can occasionally be found in leaf litter during the Winter months.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Leistus ferrugineus
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. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Wil Heeney. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Charlie Barnes. Phil Lee. NBGRC. Meg Skinner.

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Updated January 2022

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