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P1020228

Observed: 14th June 2012 By: dan_wrench
Natural Shropshire - Biodiversity Partnership
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P1020228
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Species interactions

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Species with which Alosterna tabacicolor interacts

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Anna0289's picture

Strangalia melanura

The head is much more similar to that of Strangalia melanura, as is the shape of the elytra. The shape of the elytra is much more angular and sharp in Stenocorus meridianus.

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I've had a suggestion of

I've had a suggestion of Alosterna tabacicolor. It was a small beetle but I'm not sure how that would compare with S. melanura size wise. It is on a Rhododendron flower if that helps with scale. I've noticed that the legs of Alosterna tabacicolor are lighted than pictures of Strangalia online - although this is a rather iffy way of identification.

Dan Wrench
Biodiversity Officer - Shropshire
dan.wrench@shropshire.gov.uk
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Anna0289's picture

I think you're right,

I've had a look at the differences between Alosterna tabacicolor and Stenurella melanura. A. tabacicolor does indeed seem to be a better match, so I'd go with that if I were you.

Anna