Beech stumped

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Saturday 28 May 2011 19:40

I only spotted one beetle today and it really stumped me. It was on a Beech snag next to some Ganodermas and a few elytron of Mycetophagus quadripsutulatus. I had pretty much convinced myself that it was an unusually colour formed specimen of this species but the shape of the body and the antennae didn't look right. I asked Mark Telfer and got an ID back within the hour, it's Mycetochara humeralis and it's a Na tenebrionid so I was miles off! I'm not complaining though, this is a new one for me. I'm going to try and take it easy down in the New Forest this week but I expect I will find that very hard indeed!

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