sarahannebutcher's picture

Red, black and gold beetle-help with ID please!

Observed: 15th September 2012 By: sarahannebutcher
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Description:

This red, black and gold beetle ran in front of me across a nature reserve boardwalk in Devon. In the first photo (where it appears to be doing a nose dive)it was using its front legs to clean/scrape its back. The second shot is poor quality but it kept disappearing in and out of the grass growing on the edge of the boardwalk.

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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jonmortin's picture

A nice find and well done to

A nice find and well done to get a photo. This is a nationally notable species (Nb). Some info here http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=wasp/mutillidae/mutillinae/mutilla-euro...

sarahannebutcher's picture

Large velvet ant

Thanks for the link: I had no idea what I'd stumbled across, so it is great to have it ID'd. I go up there often and haven't seen one before but will keep my eyes peeled next time.

jonmortin's picture

Devon Biodiversity Records

Devon Biodiversity Records Centre might like to be sent this record http://www.dbrc.org.uk/