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Nicrophorus interruptus Stephens, 1820

Nicrophorus interruptus
  • Location: Cambridge, England; on bamboo stake for tomato.

  • Date: 8 July 2001

  • Size: About 15mm long (excluding antennae)

  • Family: Silphidae. The Burying or Sexton beetles, these bury carcasses of birds or small mammals by digging away the ground beneath them. They carcasses are then used as food for the larvae.

  • The identification was validated Max Barclay of the Natural History Museum, who noted (in 2001) that the species seemed to be increasing. It had been classed as Notable/Nb, meaning it occurred in less than 100 10-km squares. NBN Atlas

Silpha laevigata Fabricius, 1775

Silpha laevigata Silpha laevigata
  • Location: Cambridge, Barnwell East LNR, TL47985832.

  • Date: 28 July 2015

  • Family: Silphidae.

  • Distinguished from other Silpha species by the absence of raised longitudinal lines on the elytra.
  • As well as taking carrion it is a predator of snails.
  • Mainly coastal but found locally inland. NBN Atlas

Megalinus glabratus (Gravenhorst, 1802)

Megalinus glabratus
  • Location: Cambridge, England; on raspberry cane.

  • Date: 15 October 2000

  • Size: About 12mm long (excluding antennae)

  • Family: Staphylinidae

  • Synonym: Xantholinus glabratus
  • NBN Atlas

Alan Hadley suggested the identification, and gives a picture of another specimen. The large size (most related species are less than 8mm), the all black body (apart from elytra) and the lines of 9 or so punctures on the thorax are indicative features.

Stenus solutus Erichson, 1840

Stenus solutus
  • Location: Cambridge, Perse Girls School Nature Reserve TL446571.

  • Date: 8 Sep 2015

  • Size: About 6mm long

  • Family: Staphylinidae

  • This is actually one of the larger Stenus spp. It has parti-coloured legs, pale bases to the antennae, and no strong punctures on the abdomen.

  • Found in damp riverside vegetation.

  • NBN Atlas

Tachyporus hypnorum (Fabricius, 1775)

Tachyporus hypnorum
  • Location: Cambridge, England; on edge on compost heap.

  • Date: 17 Mar 2002

  • Size: About 6-7mm long

  • Family: Staphylinidae

  • NBN Atlas

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