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Bloody-nosed Beetle

Timarcha tenebricosa


This handsome and flightless black beetle is out and about in April/May and is easy to spot on paths in coastal areas. The beetle’s common name comes from its unusual defense strategy of exuding bright red fluid from its mouth when threatened. As well as providing a visual deterrent, the fluid is foul-tasting thus puting birds and other would-be predators off the beetle as a lunch option


Adult Bloody-nosed beetles are flightless and can be seen walking along the ground or on low vegetation. The larvae are also black but with a shiney metallic blue colour, they feed on plants called bedstraws (Galium sp.).

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England, United Kingdom

Lat: 50.27, Long: -4.79

Spotted on Jul 3, 2012
Submitted on Jul 3, 2012

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