Melanotus villosus (Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785)
Melanotus villosus is just one of 65 UK species of Elateridae (Click Beetles) a large click beetle (c20mm) which is often fairly frequent under loose bark on old Pine stumps, but also other trees. The big problem is that Melanotus villosus is very difficult to differentiate from the visually identical Melanotus castanipes and both species have been recorded from the Sherwood Forest area.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Melanotus villosus
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). Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Jenny Wallace. NBGRC. Paul and Helen Brock. John and Denise Bingham. Clumber Park SSSI Saproxylic Invertebrate Survey - A report to Natural England by EMEC Ecology 2019.

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Updated January 2022

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