Monday, 19 March 2007
Beetle re-emerges after 60 years
A beetle thought to be extinct in the UK since the 1940s has been rediscovered in south Devon. The short-necked oil beetle was found by an amateur entemologist during a wildlife survey on National Trust (NT) land between Bolt Head and Bolt Tail.
The beetles were last recorded at Chailey Common, Sussex in 1948.
Up to 40 of the insects, which survive by hitching rides on miner bees as larvae and then eating the bees’ eggs, were found at the Devon site.
David Bullock, head of nature conservation at the NT, said: “The discovery of a beetle that was thought to be extinct for nearly 60 years is an amazing story of survival, particularly for a species with such an interdependent lifecycle.
Friday, 8 September 2006
Experts excited by Beacons beetle
A rare beetle, never recorded before in mid Wales, has been found at a lake in the Brecon Beacons. The two-tone reed beetle donacia bicolora, usually only found at a few sites in the south of England, was discovered at Llangorse Lake.
It was last spotted in Wales on Anglesey in the 1940s but has disappeared from that site.
The beetle was also recorded in Glamorgan in the 19th Century.
Mr Ellis, who is BBNPA biodiversity officer, added: “Finds like this show us how little we know about the wildlife even in familiar areas of the national park.
Tuesday, 27 June 2006
Carpenter finds ‘extinct’ beetle
A rare giant beetle thought to be extinct in Wales has been discovered by furniture makers in Carmarthenshire. The Giant Capricorn Beetle was found on an oak timber at a workshop in Llanelli by carpenter Ben Perrott.
At first, he thought the 6cm long creature was a toy until it started to move.
Experts examined the bug, which has 10cm long antennae, and identified it as the rare beetle which was thought to be extinct in the UK since the 1700s.
Entomologist Ian Morgan told the Western Mail newspaper: “I realised it was something special as soon as I saw it.
“It is very rare and is the largest long-horned beetle in Europe.
“This type of long-horn beetle was supposed to have been extinct in the UK since 1700.