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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Another longhorn beetle....

Following on from Sam`s longhorn blog, perhaps readers may also be interested in the following:

Imagine a huge longhorn beetle, Cerambyx cerdo, long extinct in Britain and only known from virtually semi-fossils in East Anglian bog-oaks, turning up in Llanelli - of all places! This is what happened at the end of June 2006. I had been contacted by  a local voluntary group, who ran a furniture repair workshop for the unemployed at Trostre, Llanelli, with a message that they had found `a huge beetle` in a supply of oak, obtained from a supplier in Carmarthen. Another one was found a week or so later, and in complete contrast, I found the diminutive longhorn Pogonochoerus hispidulus at the same time at Gelli Aur - what a difference!
It is possible that the oak was originally imported from Hungary - which raises questions about the destruction of old woodland in that country. I seem to recall that there were other sightings associated with imported timber elsewhere in Britain that year (in Hampshire?) and that it was a different sub-species to that once found in Britain (but I`m not sure about the last point).
Anyway, a couple of photos taken at the time, one of the creature gracing my hand, and the other of it positioned next to a 2p. coin:

1 comment:

  1. That is just bonkers! The beetle's a bit mad too ;-)
    A good few years ago now, I once went to see the stunning Rosalia alpina, which someone photographed in their garden in Llangennith, but sadly it had sloped off by the time I arrived. There's always the potential for a surprise longhorn round the next corner!