Byrrhus pilula (Linnaeus, 1758)
Byrrhidae is a small family of beetles, of which there are just ten UK species. The family are more colloquially known as Pill Beetles of which Byrrhus pilula is the commonest species. The name Pill Beetle stems from their ability to retract all appendages into grooves underneath the body, feingin death in this manner. They live among grasses and mosses and are very slow moving.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Byrrhus pilula
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. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Tim Sexton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Netherfield Wildlife Group.

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Updated January 2022

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