Beetles to be found in and around Torphins Wood, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland. There is nothing particularly special about the wood, it is a mixed species coniferous/deciduous wood, so things found there can probably be found in many other Scottish, British or even European woods. For more information on Torphins itself and the human population there go to

Ontholestes tessellatus.  An adult rove beetle, Staphylinidae

Ontholestes tessellatus, a rove beetle

Usually found near carrion or dung, but also in compost heaps.

Adult length is 13 - 20 mm.

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Rhagium bifasciatum, adlult longhorn beetleRhagium sp. larva, longhorn beetle larva

Rhagium bifasciatum a longhorn beetle

Adults are seen from May to August on trees and flowers. The larva feeds inside decaying conifer stumps - so is hardly ever seen. The one on the left fell out of a load of logs.

Adults are from 12 - 22 mm long.

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Starangalia quadrifaciata adult

Strangalia quadrifasciata

Adults are usually seen in July and August on flowers or old wood.

Larvae are rarely seen as they live inside old trees, especially willow.

Adult length 11 - 19 mm.

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Dytiscus marginalis, male, carnivorousgreat water beetle

Dytiscus marginalis, the great water beetle or carnivorous water beetle

Adult and larva are found in ponds and slow moving water, adults are also powerful fliers.

Adult length 27 - 35 mm.

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Endomychus coccineus, fungus beetle, adult

Endomychus coccineus, the Fungus beetle.

Found in woodland and near decaying wood.

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