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Ctenicera cuprea

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Ctenicera cuprea

Post by Tristan » 08 Jun 2012, 14:53

Thanks to websites supplied by ChrisJohnson and MrT, I have been able to identify a striking beetle I've seen in two different coastal locations on Lewis over the past couple of days. It is long and narrow in shape, with a violet thorax, though looking black in dull light; the wing-cases are also violet at the tips, but pale brown over most of their length. Unfortunately I got no photos as the insects I saw were very flighty, but there are plenty of images at

The name of the species is Ctenicera cuprea and it's in the click beetle family (Elateridae). It's said to be common in N and W Scotland though there are no O Hebs records on the NBN gateway.

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Re: Ctenicera cuprea

Post by chrisjohnson » 08 Jun 2012, 19:44

Hi Tristan

A striking beetle and a nice start to you coleoptera exploration.

We have it on the website but haven't found time to send the 'bits and pieces' to the OHBRP yet :(


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