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To me it looks more like Mylabris variabilis than Trichodes apiarius - but I don't know enough about beetles to be aware of other similar 'confusion' species (which are probably numerous!?!)
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I agree, this is Mylabris not Trichodes.
as have photographed these in France in the past!
The closest I could get was on Wikipedia - which doesn't even have a photo of Mylabris variabilis! Not surprised I couldn't ID it!
Is there a decent book on beetles of Europe?
to get hold of, but can recommend KW Harde's Field Guide in Colour to Beetles. It has excellent colour plates, and good information too.
Thanks for the book reference. You are right about the price (!), however I have found one on Amazon.
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