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Is the location for this Observation correct? O.funesta is mentioned in the UK Beetle Checklist but is down as a "non breeding introduction". However, you seem to have several in the photo......
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I saw these beetles on Ranmore Common just outside Dorking, a chalk downland habitat.
Thanks for confirming the location. Were there many about? It is certainly worth getting this sighting "written up" in an appropriate entomological journal at some point.
Hi Vivienne, as Max says it appears that both the larger and the smaller beetles are Mediterranean species, and the thistle is not certainly identified as British. Have you been to the Mediterranean recently and possibly mixed up your snaps? If so please can you alter the location accordingly, using the edit tab you will see at the top of this record. Thanks!
looks more like some kind of thistle. Any botanists recognise it?
You're quitre right. As soon as I looked at the picture again I realised my mistake. I wrote my original comment without looking at the picture again and I was concentrating on the beetles so hard that the flora was incidental.
I think it is probably a spear thistle.
David, I think Max is familiar with the beetle fauna of the Bookham area, perhaps you could draw his attention to this observation as this is a potential "Confirmed as British" record.
Hi Matt, yes I let him know, it would be good to have some confirmed specimens for the national collection
Might be Onopordum illyricum
Hi- thanks to everyone who forwarded this to me! These are not the northern Oxythyrea funesta, but the Mediterranean Oxythyrea cinctella (Schaum) which has not been reported in the wild in Britain, non-breeding or otherwise. Also in the picture is a small Melyridae of a Mediterranean non-British genus. I think the provenance of the picture is the issue- has anyone been on holiday with the camera???
A botanist may be able to confirm this if it is a foreign flower?
Max Barclay, Beetle Curator, The Natural History Museum
the image is certainly of Oxythyrea cinctella, and as others have pointed out, this picture is highly unlikely to have been taken in the UK.
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