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Beetle new to Britain!

Observed: 11th June 2010 By: dshubble
Leaf Beetle Recording SchemeSouthampton Natural History Society
Invertebrates expert
smarag1b
smarag1l
smarag1f
Description:

A single specimen of a leaf beetle beaten from scrub on a sunny chalk hillside. Handed to me for ID at a recent Coleopterists meeting.

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Smaragdina salicina
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

dshubble's picture

A bit more info...

This will be written up for 'The Coleopterist'. For more on the ID process to date, look here:
http://davehubbleecology.blogspot.com/2011/02/whats-in-box-no3.html

andyk's picture

Congratulations Dave....a

Congratulations Dave....a rewrite of the key?

Andy Keay

dshubble's picture

Cheers :) Fortunately the key

Cheers :) Fortunately the key works well to genus Smaragdina, so adding this sp. will be easy as it is separated from affinis by the lack of a pronotal band. Still, I'm not expecting many ID agreements on this one!

Following testing feedback, there are many other more major aspects of the key being rewritten (the easy amendments are mostly done)... Longitarsus is proving tricky (and also has a new species, L. symphyti), though that's a genus where problems are not unexpected...

Dave

Martin Harvey's picture

congratulations

Good detective work Dave!

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Entomologist and biological recorder