Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa coccinea

This colourful cardinal beetle has emerged in Wyre and can be found on ground vegetation in May and June. There is another closely related species with a red head, although this black-headed species seems to be the more commoner of the two in the Wyre Forest. Their larvae live under the bark of dead trees.

Cardinal beetle Pyrochroa coccinea, Wyre Forest, May 2017 ©Mick Farmer

Platystomos albinus weevil

Whilst recording in Rock Coppice, Oliver Wadsworth discovered this attractive and rare fungus weevil Platystomos albinus, the larvae of which are associated with dead beech and alder wood. It is similar to its close relative Platyrhinus resinosus which we see occasionally, and whose larvae develop in Cramp Balls Daldinia concentrica fungi.

Platysomos albinus, Rock Coppice, 22 April 2017 ©Oliver Wadsworth

Platycis minutus

This small beetle (5-8mm) has been seen in the Wyre Forest again this year. At first it looks like a small cardinal beetle, but unlike these it has distinctive yellowish tips to the antennae. It is a Notable B species. The larvae feed inside rotting wood, and the adults are usually found on vegetation not far from deadwood.

Platycis minutus, Wimperhill, 5 September 2016 ©Rosemary Winnall

Cytilus sericeus – a Pill Beetle

Kevin McGee photographed this small Pill Beetle recently in Wyre. There are just 13 members of the Byrrhidae family in the UK, and they have the ability to withdraw their head and appendages into grooves on the underside of their body which helps them to avoid being caught by predators. They are the only group of beetles to feed on mosses both as larvae and adults.

Cytilus sericeus, on Ramsons, nr Dowles Brook, 8 May 2016 ©Kevin McGee

Endomychus coccineus, False Ladybird

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.

Endomychus coccineus, New Parks, 3 September 2015 ©Rosemary Winnall

Cercyon quisquilius, a Water Scavenger Beetle

This tiny beetle (about 2mm in length) is common and widespread, but easily overlooked. It is one of the Hydrophilidae, the Water Scavenger Beetles. It breeds in dung and decaying vegetation, the first ones emerging early in the year. It can be found throughout the summer and into the autumn. This one landed on the bonnet of my car!

Cercyon quisquilius, 30 March 2014, Bliss Gate

Lesser Stag Beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus)

The Lesser Stag Beetle can be seen occasionally in Wyre. It flies at night and a female arrived at my mercury vapour moth light at Bliss Gate on 1st August 2013. The photograph shows another female from the same site in 2005. The females can be separated from the males by the presence of 2 raised bumps on the top of their heads. The males have broader heads.The eggs are laid on dead wood and the adults overwinter under bark.

Lesser Stag Beetle female, Bliss Gate, 16th June 2005