Rob Coleman's picture

Scarlet Malachite Beetle

Observed: 23rd May 2009 By: Rob ColemanInvertebrates expert
scarlet malachite beetle
Description:

If anyone spots any more of these, I'd like to know about it!

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Rose's picture

very rare

Ooooh very rare, I understand it only appears for 3 weeks each year in May and June!

Rose

Martin Harvey's picture

Very exciting!

That's a great find - was it already known from that area? What was the habitat like? I think it's been suggested that there is some link with thatched roofs for these beetles, was there any thatch nearby?

Martin

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Entomologist and biological recorder

Tristan Bantock's picture

Good spot!

is it on Glaucous Sedge?

National Recorder for Terrestrial Heteroptera (shieldbugs & allies)

www.britishbugs.org.uk

Jonathan's picture

Plant looks like a flowerhead

Plant looks like a flowerhead of the grass Arrhenatherum elatius - Oat grass.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Rob Coleman's picture

Clutching at straws

there are thatched cottages nearby, but I'm not sure that would explain the distribution of this engimatic animal. And no, that's not Glaucous Sedge...

Rob Coleman

Martin Harvey's picture

thatch

From the Buglife website:

"Research by Buglife has suggested that the beetle lays its eggs in thatch. If you have a thatched roof and live in one of the areas where the beetle is known to exist, please contact us if you are having your home re-thatched."

http://www.buglife.org.uk/discoverbugs/bugofthemonth/scarletmalachitebee...

I guess they are not saying that the eggs are exclusively laid in thatch, it might be one among a range of egg-laying sites.

Martin

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Entomologist and biological recorder

John Oz's picture

Another one?