This attractive beetle is not found very often in the forest. This False Ladybird is not related to ladybirds but could easily be mistaken for one. It lives in association with deadwood, especially birch and beech, where it feeds on fungi. This was found at night.
Rusty-back Fern Asplenium ceterach was found recently on the walls at Hole Farm, near Bewdley, where it was growing close to Wall-rue Asplenium ruta-muraria. They were both associated with the mortar in the wall as they like a calcareous substrate.
Hundreds of these woodlice were found on a large active manure heap in Callow Hill. This is their specialist habitat and their numbers can expand quickly in suitable conditions. There are not many records from Worcestershire, so one to look out for. The adults have a distinct glaucous bloom when found and white legs, and run very fast when disturbed.
Despite its name, this is not an ant but an ant-like wasp in the family Mutillidae (Hymenoptera) in which there are 3 British species. These are parasites of halictine bees and crabronid wasps. The females have no wings, but are transported by the male whilst in cop. This female was found on bare sandy ground at Bliss Gate. This one looked like a queen ant, although had conspicuous waving antennae. They can sting if provoked and apparently stridulate when handled.