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SUFFOLK: Pub beetle

7th June 2015

Whilst out in the Waveney valley on Sunday, dad & I stopped for lunch at the Dolphin Inn at Wortham. It was lovely and sunny so we sat outside, and whilst eating I noticed a small black and red beetle flying in and running over the table. I got my camera out and managed to get a photo when it returned. At home I tentatively identified it as Glischrochilus hortensis. Andy Musgrove confirmed the ID, and interestingly mentioned that he too has seen this species outdoors at pubs, suggesting that it may be attracted by spilt beer. So next time you are sitting outside a pub having a drink, keep an eye out for this beetle!


  1. I know a few people who are attracted by the same thing!
    There is an NMS moth night at Claxton on Saturday if you're interested. Details below.
    NMS - Claxton Manor
    Saturday, 13 Jun 2015
    NR14 7AS, Claxton, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 7AS,
    Saturday 13 June Claxton Manor Meet 8.30 pm by the estate farm buildings at TG335037

  2. Hi Jim. Thanks very much for letting me know. As it happens I'm out on Saturday (hopefully watching Badgers) but I really should get to one of the NMS moth nights so I'll have a look at the other dates.
    All the best, James.