Leaf beetles are fascinating insects! This group includes many recognisable species such as the garden pest the Lily beetle, the invasive Rosemary beetle and the incredible Bloody nosed beetle (that is very rarely seen in Scotland!). This workshop will introduce the leaf beetle family, how it can be recognised from other beetles and some of the commoner species that can be found in Scotland. Additionally, this workshop will delve into the relationship leaf beetles have with plants and some of the rarer species that can be seen in Scotland including the Six-spotted pot beetle (Cryptocephalus sexpunctatus) and Ten-spotted pot beetle (Cryptocephalus decemmaculatus).
This event will include both indoor and outdoor activities. Please bring along your lunch, sturdy footwear and warm clothes. If you have a hand lens or a copy of an insect guide with a good leaf beetle section please feel free to bring along on the day.
Bloody nosed beetle Timarcha tenebricosa Shore Cottage, Solway Firth 21.7.11 Suzanne Burgess