Cytilus sericeus (Forster, 1771)
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 fasciata is just one. The name Pill Beetle stems from their ability to retract all appendages into grooves underneath the body, simulating death in this manner. They live among grasses and mosses and are very slow moving. This Cytilus sericeus was found at Sherwood Forest CP in May 2009 and represents the second ever record for Sherwood Forest NNR. It was found sitting at the top of grass during the day and this record coincided with a possible second record the same day, for which we are awaiting confirmation.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Cytilus sericeus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton.

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Updated January 2016

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