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Offline whatwasthat

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« on: 17/10/2009 21:22:10 »
In Hampshire, southern England, in July 2009, I saw a beetle I had never seen before. Similar to ordinary 'black beetle' but slightly thinner, slightly longer, just over an inch long, I would say, with 2 bright yellow bands at the top of its body.  I have tentatively ID'd it as a mylabris variabilis but that is not native to England; still, as I said, never saw it before and this was in a hot summer so a possible emigrant from Europe?

Someone tell me what it was please, I hate an unsolved puzzle. Thank you.


 

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« Reply #1 on: 17/10/2009 22:03:29 »
IS it Alexander?
 

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« Reply #2 on: 18/10/2009 06:35:44 »
Beetles R us ... http://bugguide.net/node/view/60

or could try ... http://www.amentsoc.org/insects/what-bug-is-this/

or  ... http://www.whatsthatbug.com/

[a photo is usually required for identification]


« Last Edit: 18/10/2009 17:57:36 by RD »
 

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« Reply #3 on: 18/10/2009 11:49:28 »
I would not be surprised to find a mylabris variabilis in the UK. It is very possible that it could have been brought into the UK by one of the many Czech or Slovak trucks which come into the UK these days.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 19/10/2009 13:20:15 »
Hello, thanks for the replies. Not Alexander beetle. Still not sure it is m. variabilis. They have 3 yellow bands? this had 2. I can't find a pic on the net but m.v is the closest resemblance. It was quite a large beetle, an inch or just over in length. The yellow bands were very bright against the black; not orange shaded at all. in the absence of a better offer, I guess it will have to remain mv. Does anyone know if I should report this find? Is it a threat to agriculture or does it just get on with life?
 

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« Reply #5 on: 19/10/2009 14:40:25 »
Does anyone know if I should report this find? Is it a threat to agriculture

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Identification of invasive non-native species is an essential part of invasive species management.
The following ID sheets have been developed to provide identification assistance.
http://www.nonnativespecies.org/02_Identification%20Sheets.cfm

I can't see any beetles on DEFRA's wanted list. 

Update: now I can see beetles, (not John, Paul, George & Ringo) ...

Citrus Longhorn Beetle
and that old favourite the Colorado Beetle.
« Last Edit: 20/10/2009 18:06:02 by RD »
 

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