Poecilus cupreus (Linnaeus, 1758)
A colourful and common ground beetle (Carabidae), which frequents dry habitats. This adult was found in a very stony area of Warsop Main Pit Top in April 2009, along with the much more common and equally colourful Harpalus affinis. Although the photographs do show how colourful Poecilus cupreus is, they unfortunately do not show the beautiful copper colouring to the pronutum and elytra. This is a fairly large beetle, measuring around 12mm in length.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Poecilus cupreus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Wil Heeney. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Charlie Barnes. Jenny Wallace. Phil Lee. NBGRC. Meg Skinner. Pauline Bradford. David Shaw.

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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