Carrion Beetle – Oiceoptoma thoracicum

March 28th 2012

Carrion beetle, Oiceoptoma thoracicum. Photo by R. Robertson

 

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.

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