Lomechusa paradoxa

Range & Status

Only known in Britain from southern England and Cornwall.

Regional Distribution

Confusingly known from both Whitsand Bay in east Cornwall and Whitesand Bay in west Cornwall. Also reported from Bishop' s Wood (Clark, 1906). Most recently found at Nanjizal in 1923 by R.T. Bannister and The Lizard in 1927 (Keys, 1928).

Habitat & Ecology

Associated with the nests of the ants Formica fusca , Myrmica rubra and probably other species, in dry sandy grasslands on sea cliffs.

Threats

Agricultural improvement of semi-natural grasslands; abandonment of grazing, leading to coarsening and scrub development.

Conservation

Protection of clifflands from development, and maintenance of grazing.