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Beetle found within rotting trunk

Observed: 2nd November 2009 By: tootsietimtootsietim’s reputation in Invertebratestootsietim’s reputation in Invertebratestootsietim’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Black beetle, 10mm (approx, relatively small head tucked under when threatened, deeply grooved elytra, prominant antennae.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Rob Coleman's picture

I would say Silpha atrata is

I would say Silpha atrata is the best bet for this, although there are 5 other members of this genus on the British list.

Rob Coleman

Martin Harvey's picture

Identification of Silphidae

The latest edition of Beetle News is now available to download from the Amateur Entomologists' Society website:
http://www.amentsoc.org/publications/beetle-news/

It includes an illustrated key to beetles in family Silphidae, such as the one shown in this observation.

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