Southern Marsh Orchids

Southern Marsh Orchids

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Oedemera (Oncomera) femoralis

Jake has just given me one of three beetles he and Mike found whilst working the Ivy Blossom at Lavernock a few weeks ago. It is a distinctive species but not well recorded - Oedemera (Oncomera) femoralis. At about 2cm long it's not one you can easily overlook and yet it's not at all well recorded, with less than 30 records in the SEWBReC database for the county.

1 comment:

  1. There should be a couple of records of this species from my former garden in Rhoose. They are attracted to light, and turned up in the moth trap. I vaguely remember from somewhere that they are a National 'B' species. It's probably also worth mentioning that beetles in this genus sometimes produce cantharidin which causes blistering so I would advise caution when handling them!