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Ctenicera cuprea

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Tristan
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Ctenicera cuprea

Post by Tristan » 08 Jun 2012, 14:53

Thanks to websites supplied by ChrisJohnson and MrT, I have been able to identify a striking beetle I've seen in two different coastal locations on Lewis over the past couple of days. It is long and narrow in shape, with a violet thorax, though looking black in dull light; the wing-cases are also violet at the tips, but pale brown over most of their length. Unfortunately I got no photos as the insects I saw were very flighty, but there are plenty of images at http://www.thewcg.org.uk/elateridae/0326G.htm.

The name of the species is Ctenicera cuprea and it's in the click beetle family (Elateridae). It's said to be common in N and W Scotland though there are no O Hebs records on the NBN gateway.

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Re: Ctenicera cuprea

Post by chrisjohnson » 08 Jun 2012, 19:44

Hi Tristan

A striking beetle and a nice start to you coleoptera exploration.

We have it on the website http://www.hebridensis.co.uk/Beetles/species.php?id=18 but haven't found time to send the 'bits and pieces' to the OHBRP yet :(

Chris

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