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Lagria sp

Observed: 29th July 2011 By: CISCIS’s reputation in InvertebratesCIS’s reputation in InvertebratesCIS’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Is this one of the Lagria beetles?

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Lagria

Lagria atripes is supposed to be larger (10-12mm long) than L. hirta (7-9mm long), although the Kerbtier website in Germany gives both of them as 7-10mm. I've always assumed that what I'm seeing is L. hirta, and as you say L. atripes is very rare (oldish records for Kent and Hampshire as far as I know), but perhaps I should be looking more closely at them in case atripes is out there somewhere!

Other differences: hirta has strongly punctured pronotum (top of thorax), atripes only very finely punctate; hirta has smaller eyes (but both species have a difference in eye size between males and females, so not easy to judge on an isolated individual).

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