rbel's picture

Identity of this ground beetle?

Observed: 11th April 2013 By: rbel
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Description:

Found in a pack of imported raspberries!
As there are quite large holes in the plastic film covering the raspberries my first thought was that it could be a UK native but having spent some time checking images I am not so sure. The thorax seems quite narrow which precludes a lot of the more common species.

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Joe Botting's picture

Tenebrionid?

I might tend towards a tenebrionid instead - our Lagria hirta is rather similar to this, including the hairiness. I've certainly not come across a native species this could be, so I'd guess it's come with the raspberries... Any idea where they were imported from?
Joe

rbel's picture

Tenebrionid?

The retailer says that it came from a supplier in S Africa. The beetle was quite active which I initially thought would point to a local inhabitant, but I suppose with with soft fruit being air-freighted in on a daily basis it could survive a trip of a few thousand kilometres.

DavidNotton's picture

SA iSpot

try posting on the South African iSpot site