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Both these bugs spotted on a recent trip in the Highlands - any suggestions?
It is better if you post different species in separate posts so that you can get a 'Likely ID' for each.
The first is O. thoracicum, the second probably Staphylinus erythropterus. Both are common in Highland.
O. thoracicum is unmistakeable. S. erythropterus has several lookalikes but this is the only one with a yellow-haired scutellum (the small triangle in front of the wingcases). The picture appears to show that, but the definition is not good enough to be sure.
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
Many thanks for the comments and ID.
I did not realise when uploading my photos that they would both go together as one siting - (but now know for the future.)
I will go to the hbrg site as suggested.
The quality of the second photo is not great, I was on a backpacking trip with a pocket camera, in lousy weather - and the little beasty was on a mission!!
Many thanks JK
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