|The Jewel Beetles (Buprestidae) are among some of
our most colourful beetles and Agrilus sinuatus is no
exception. Once thought to be be uncommon, its current Nottinghamshire
status would more likely be regarded as under-recorded. Indeed, many UK
coleopterists have never seen it as an adult, but have seen countless
'D' shaped exit holes characteristic of Jewel Beetles.
The larvae feed on dead or dying Hawthorn,
such as the Hawthorn below on Penny Pasture Common, Eakring Meadows NR.
Sherwood Forest only had its first record in 2009 (K. Alexander), and there are currently few
records from the Trent Valley. However, the adults below were found
within days of each other in early July 2020 at Netherfield Lagoons
(photographs supplied by Peter Smith) and by myself at Stoke Bardolph