The butcher of bark beetles

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Wednesday 29 June 2011 20:02

Eridge Rocks invertebrate survey today with Mark Telfer. We had to work quite hard today but we did get a good list by the end. The above photo is of an Ant Beetle Thanasimus formicarius that Mark found on a sunlit oak tree. I have only seen these once before alive at Abernethy. They feed on bark beetles. We also found throughout the day a Helops pronotum, Platystomos albinus and Tillus elongatus. I saw at least four beetles that were new to me being Triphyllus bicolor (photo), Soronia grisea (awaiting confirmation), Rhizophagus dispar and the striking Lordithon lunulatus.

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