Two rare insects have been discovered at a nature reserve in Netherfield.
A rare Black Colonel Soldier Fly, Odontomyia tigrina, has been found at the Netherfield Lagoons Local Nature Reserve.
Local experts say this is probably the first record of this patchily distributed fly species for Nottinghamshire.
This important find follows the discovery of a rare moth, the Light Knot-grass, at the site.
This moth has not been recorded in Nottinghamshire since before 1916. The only official Notts record being of 2 larvae found amongst heather at Sherwood Forest in 1858 and another of 7 larvae near Edwinstowe in 1897.
Mark Glover, Chair of the Gedling Conservation Trust, that owns and manages the Netherfield Lagoons said the finds underline the huge importance of the nature reserve.
He said: “The site is Gedling’s most important site for wildlife and one of the best habitats in the County.
“More than 1000 invertebrates have been recorded at the reserve so far, as well as hundreds of plants, birds, mammals and amphibians.’
For more information please contact Mark Glover 0n 07850 768337