Melasis buprestoides

Range & Status

Fairly widespread over much of lowland England, but virtually absent from the west.

Regional Distribution

Only known from Greystone Wood (Alexander, 1991a) and Lanhydrock Park.

Habitat & Ecology

Breeds in rather hard decaying timber (especially the boughs) with a white-rot, of various broadleaved trees.


Greystone Wood is part of a large complex of woodlands currently under commercial

management for timber.


Protection of ancient semi-natural woodlands from plantation forestry. Retention of dead and decaying timber.