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Got to be one of my favorite Beetles...it was finding one of these while searching for Slugs/Snails that put me down the road of Beetling. :)
It's a slippery slope to Leps. :)
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Lol...Already on that slope Steve. Though, mostly sticking to what turns up in the garden of late. Hard to notice them while out with your head under stones and logs. :)
Thanks for the comment, its an elegant looking beetle, highly engineered. I am getting closer to seeing a live one, until this morning Ive only found the fused elytra of a couple and then this intact one today was just sitting dead on concrete ta a long disused railway station.
Just checked through my records...most of my finds have been under logs in July and January.
If you do find a live one, hold it between your fingers gently, they occasionally squeal (stridulate)...Perhaps not best to bother them over the winter months though.
There are plenty of logs at the site this one was found at, its a mixed woodland edge of a Forest Commision owned plantation and they have masses of felled trees sitting there in storage. Super place for moths but the bulb of my heath trap has had it and I couldnt believe I only trapped 2 common moths and 2 caddis flies last night, new bulb already on its way. Will be back there soon looking beneath some logs. Giant hover flies there this am but couldnt get a pic as the midges were devouring me.
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