If anyone spots any more of these, I'd like to know about it!
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Ooooh very rare, I understand it only appears for 3 weeks each year in May and June!
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?
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is it on Glaucous Sedge?
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Plant looks like a flowerhead of the grass Arrhenatherum elatius - Oat grass.
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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...
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."
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.
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