BEETLES - Coleoptera

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Soldier Beetle - Rhagonycha fulva

(family - Cantharidae)

Dung Beetle - poss. Phosphuga atrata

(Family - Silphidae)

Beetle - not yet identified but we think its another Soldier Beetle.

Beetle - not yet identified

This one is a wasp beetle. (Clytus arietis). It mimics wasps to avoid predation.

Our thanks to Richard Naylor from the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield for identifying this one.

Here's a very similar one that we found in July 2004. We believe it to be some form of Long Horn Beetle (Fam - Cerambicidae). Jerry Dicker has kindly e-mailed us to tell us that it is probably Strangalia maculata.

This settled on a pair of jeans, so you can get an idea of the size from the weave. The nearest we can find is a Rove Beetle (fam-Staphylinidae) and Jerry Dicker believes it to be a Paederus Riparius. There are only four members of this genus in the UK and they are found on river banks and marshes.

Ivan Buxton suggests that it is Paederus Littoralis.

Having now searched on Google for pictures we can't tell the difference between the two. Isn't "riparis" to do with rivers and "littoralis" to do with coasts? But, as far as we can tell, it could , from this photo, be either.

This Thick legged flower beetle (Oedemera nobilis) was found in June 2009. Strangely enough we also saw one at Staverton about 50 miles away on the same day.

Page last updated 14th June 2009

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