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Scarlet Malachite Beetle

Observed: 30th May 2009 By: VinnyVinny’s reputation in InvertebratesVinny’s reputation in InvertebratesVinny’s reputation in InvertebratesVinny’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

A rare UK beetle. Although colourful it's not very large. It feeds on flower and grass pollen in May. Its life history not fully understood, but the larvae may live in old thatching.

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Rob Coleman's picture

Did you find many of these on

Did you find many of these on your visit? I visited North Gorley at a similar time last year and didn't find very many - it should be the peak time of abundance for them, although they can be very localised so its a bit hit-and-miss. I studied this species in Essex a few years ago.

Rob Coleman

Vinny's picture

Hit a good day...

...and between my wife and I and our two friends that owned the land we counted over two dozen - so not bad. They seemed more interested in grass pollen than the meadow flowers. We were also lucky it was a fairly calm day - tiny beetles on the top of grass stalks with a 100 mm macro lens are tricky when there is a breeze! ;p

Rob Coleman's picture

I'm glad you found more than

I'm glad you found more than I did! They aren't doing very well at the original study sites, but a new site discovered as part of my project holds very good numbers. They still present something of a mystery when it comes to their life-cycle!

Rob Coleman

John Oz's picture

Is this one as well?