Bogey beetle

10 October 2018 | Posted in Graeme Lyons , Iping Common , Insects
Bogey beetle
Cassida hemisphaerica Ā© Graeme Lyons

by Graeme Lyons

Senior Ecologist

'bogey'

1.) a piece of nasal mucus

2.) in natural history: a relatively common species you really should have seen by now but through incompetence, indolence and/or bad luck, you ain't.

I've never seen an otter for example. Anyway, I digress...

Today, I finished my invertebrate surveys for the year wrapping up a survey of Iping and Stedham Commons. The very first suction sample produced this luminous little apple-green tortoise beetle. It's a real goody too, being a first for West Sussex. It's Cassida hemisphaerica, one I've always wanted to see. Not quite a bogey beetle in that sense, but it does look like something that fell out of your nose!

It's a nationally scarce species and I'm pretty sure a new one for the Sussex Wildlife Trust reserve network being only the third Sussex record! Odd that it feeds on campions, not a great deal of those on the heath. I love that suction sampler. It's a lot smaller than I had realised, and quite bright, with almost iridescent gold twinkly bits on it. The beetle that is, not my suction sampler.

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Comments

  • Sandy Walsh:

    16 Oct 2018 10:12:00

    Iā€™m researching beetles for my MA Craft at Uni of Brighton.
    Having spent the winter at The Booth Museum I really want to observe some live ones!
    Are there any groups that could help?
    I could do with some knowledgable help.

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