The re-discovery of Thanasimus formicarius at National Trust, Formby.

Thanasimus formicarius (Louise Mills)

 

Thanasimus formicarius, also known as the ‘Ant Beetle’ or ‘European red-bellied clerid’ (fancy!), is a small but striking species of Beetle native to the UK. It is not un-common but being small and selective in its choice of habitat it is rarely seen in even more rarely reported!

The Beetle is typically found in coniferous woodland where it is a predator of Bark Beetles and is considered to be a natural control against infestation and damage caused by those species.

National Water Vole Database & Mapping Project

By Peter G Trimming (Panpipes of Vole Island auf flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Wildlife records are collected and shared for a number of reasons but high among them is the onward use of that information for the benefit of the wildlife that has been recorded. We see it as an essential part of our role as a Local Environmental Records Centre to support this as best as we can. 

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