Orchid Beetle Dascillus cervinus (Linnaeus, 1758)
The Orchid Beetle is the sole representative of the Dascillidae group in Europe. Primarily a species of upland areas and chalk downland, there are scattered records from across much of the UK. Most of the adults we found were in a small area of the Hills and Holes SSSI at Market Warsop. Orchid Beetles are covered with a soft pubescence and in shape, are superficially similar to the the bright red Cardinal Beetles. They spend most of their time on flowers and their large size of around 12mm, makes them easy to spot.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Dascillus cervinus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. David McGeever.

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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