Leistus rufomarginatus (Duftschmid, 1812)
This distinctive Carabid (Ground Beetle) has a fairly recent history in the UK. It was first recorded in 1942, but has since spread northwards and now reaches as far as Scotland. During a recent Coleoptera survey, we found this beetle on a couple of occasions from just one area of Sherwood Forest. All were found under logs along a woodland edge, bordering a small heathland area. This is a very distinctive species, with the legs, antennae and palps all being red. The pronutum is also edged red, although this is not entirely obvious from the photographs below. Of all the carabids we encountered recently, this was perhaps the most distinctive species to recognise. Length to 8-10mm.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Leistus rufomarginatus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. NBGRC. Meg Skinner.

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Updated January 2019

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