Beetles to be found in and around Torphins Wood - 3

Soldier, sailor beetles

Cantharidae larva, soldier beetle larva

The larva are found amongst the leaf litter, on the soil or near the ground most of the year. The adults are usually found on flower heads in summer.

Larva can be seen year round depending on the weather, adults are only alive in summer.

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Cantharis nigricans, the Grey sailor beetle

Cantharis nigricans, Grey sailor beetle, adult

Adults are seen in the summer months, often on flowers.

Adult length 7 - 11 mm.

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Rhagonycha fulva, black-tipped soldier beetle, bloodsucker beetle

Rhagonycha fulva, black-tipped soldier beetle, bloodsucker beetle

Adults are 7 - 10 mm long and can be seen from June - September.

They are commonly seen on flower heads in unmown grassy areas.

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Malthinus flaveolus, the Yellow-tipped malthine

Malthinus flaveolus, Yellow-tipped malthineadult

Found in woods and woodland edges.

Adult length 4.5 - 5.5. mm.

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Elateridae, click beetle, wire worm

Elateridae larva, click beetle larva

Larva and pupa are found in the soil. Adults are found on flowers and leaves, but will drop to the ground and play dead if disturbed.

Elateridae pupa, click beetle pupa

They are more common in cultivated soil and woodland edges or glades.

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Athous haemorrhoidalis, red-brown skipjack

Athous haemorrhoidalis, click beetle, skipjack beetle

9 - 16 mm long

Seen mainly in summer

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Ctenicera cuprea

Ctenicera cuprea adult

11-17mm long

Adults seen May - July


Ptilinus pectinicornis, Fan-bearing woodborer

Ptilinus pectinicornis, Fan-bearing woodborer, male

Often found on windowsills after emerging as adults from firewood, more