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Sunday, 2 June 2013


Continuing from Phillips beetle post, Oliver and I found this beetle on the 20/05/13 in Hardcastle Crags, crawling over a mossy log. It had a lovely metallic blue trim on the edge of it's body and legs and it was approximately one centimeter in length.


Bruce said...

Hi Ali
It looks like a Dor Beetle Geotrupes stercorarius but I am no expert.

Alison said...

Neither am I Bruce,

I just thought I should add my findings, as this was quite a handsome specimen.

Steve Blacksmith said...

Yes, I agree with Bruce. Dor Beetle.
THere were some pill millipedes at Hardcastle Crags once - really interesting little things that roll up into a shiny black ball. They were at the bottom of that open space with the big pile of stones in the middle of it. Never seen these before or since!

Alison said...

Thanks for your info Steve and Bruce. Steve, I think I've seen lots of the pill millipedes whilst searching for fungi in the leaf litter. I'll upload some photos when I find some more, as I haven't taken any as yet. If they are the same species, I encounter them frequently.