Carrion Beetle – Oiceoptoma thoracicum
March 28th 2012
This beetle was discovered by Russell Robertson in his garden in Lochinver on 24th March 2012.
It was susequently identified by Ian Evans, thanks Ian, as Oiceoptoma thoracicum, a carrion beetle which not only eats carrion but is also fond of stinkhorn fungi. It’s a bit early for the fungi!
This beetle, which is fairly widespread in Assynt, is unmistakable from its colour pattern and the strong ribbing on its wing-cases.
around 12 clumps in roadside ditch near Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). The first record for the last four years: 2018 - 13 March; 2017 - 19 Feb; 2016 - 3 March; 2015 - 19 Feb. (16/02)
single female Oldany estuary (DAH) (16/02)
seven birds Oldany estuary (DAH) (16/02)
nine birds Oldany estuary (DAH) (16/02)
single animal Loch Culag (Fiona Carter) (15/02)
single bird in full song at 7.30am, Nedd (Ian Evans) (13/02)
Great Spotted Woodpecker
single bird in Lochinver garden (Jane and Ian Young) (11/02)
three birds on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH) (11/02)