|Orchid Beetle Dascillus cervinus|
|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, but none from Nottinghamshire (Ref: NBN Gateway) Most of the adults I found in a small area on the Hills and Holes SSSI at Market Warsop, were distinctly grey in colouration, but there was one (pictured below right) which was brown. 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.|
|UK distribution of Dascillus cervinus|
The UK distribution maps on eakringbirds.com are provided by the National Biodiversity Network (NBN Gateway) Each red square on the map indicates species present in 10km grid squares.
Updated September 2011
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