Platydracus stercorarius (Olivier, 1795)
An impressive and colourful Rove Beetle, P stercorarius is also quite a large species which measures around 20mm length. We found just one during a Coleoptera survey of Sherwood Forest in July 2008, found under cattle dung in an open area of short, grassy heathland, before finding another on Budby South Forest in 2009 (lower photographs). A common species.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Platydracus stercorarius
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey).

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 2014

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