Catoplatus fabricii

Range & Status

Widespread across southern Britain but increasingly scarce.

Regional Distribution

This species was discovered near Kynance Cove in 1965 by R.T. Bannister.

Habitat & Ecology

Associated with Oxeye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare in warm, well-drained and sunny sites, and usually in short or sparse vegetation on long-established pastures.


The main threat is the abandonment of grazing on semi-natural grasslands, leading to the coarsening of vegetation and scrub development.


The precise site is not known and so a conservation plan cannot be formulated. The whole area is a SSSI and owned by The National Trust.