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Sedlescombe Beetles

A post from Dave Monk by e-mail. I was a having a look around our small garden here in Sedlescombe to see if I could spot any insects that looked interesting enough for me to look up on the Internet and learn what they are. On the lawn I spotted a large beetle - one of the biggest beetles I have seen.  It seems to be a Black Belly Diving Beetle - Dytiscus semisulcatus. This is a water beetle as the name suggests. I think it must have been on the wing looking for a new water source to colonize.
Also I spotted some small beetles on a Mallow plant. I took some photos (below) of them and went to the computer and started searching. After a while I settled on them being Mallow leaf beetle - Podagrica fuscicornis. This made it Nationally Notable B. Peter Hodge (the county recorder for beetles) confirmed my identification and Penny Green from the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre has said there are only two other Sussex records for this beetle. One record from Bewl and one for Thakeham. So not bad for a few minutes walk in the garden.

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