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WHIRLYGIG BEETLES

Observed: 7th March 2010 By: foxyfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Small shiny blue black beetle like insect about 40 of which were gathered in weedy water.They were 7-8mm long.

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There are 10 species of

There are 10 species of Whirligig beetles in Ireland - they are pretty difficult to tell apart without a specimen. That said, the common whirligig Gyrinus substriatus, is as common as all the others put together - so its most likely this! There is an article and key in a recent British Wildlife magazine (20 - p28-35).

Rob Coleman