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Beetle

Observed: 3rd May 2010 By: DavidHowdon
Amateur Entomologists' SocietyLondon Natural History SocietySelborne Society
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Description:

A beetle, looks most like Bloody-nosed beetle although it did not do any 'bleeding' when I observed it.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Alladell's picture

Colorado beetle (Timarcha goettingensis (Timarcha goettingensis)

New to this area but visited a locale museum with a fine natural history section and bells range.

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Alladell's picture

Over infusiastic on my part

Having looked again I see the difference around head and legs it is Timarcha. A littal over infusiastic on my part

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Martin Harvey's picture

Timarcha

Yes to Timarcha! There are two species, the Bloody-nosed Beetle T. tenebricosa and the Lesser Bloody-nosed Beetle T. goettingensis. Easiest way to tell them apart is by size, although even so there is a degree of overlap between the two. I wouldn't like to make a guess at the species without knowing the size, but maybe dshubble will recognise it?

It's not a Colorado beetle! That's in the same family but looks very different (black and yellow stripes). It's a notifiable pest and thankfully isn't esablished in Britain.

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Probably best if I leave it as one of the two then

My recollection is that it was about 10-15mm long but I didn't measure it accurately.