I've been hoping to see a Bee Chafer Trichus fasciatus for years, so I was delighted to finally chance across one on the foreshore at Cardiff Docks last week. I was actually looking for larval cases of an obscure micro-moth, Coleophora silenella, which feeds on Bladder Campion and in Wales is only known from this area. I failed to find any of these, but the beetle was ample compensation.
|Trichus fasciatus sharing a Wild Carrot umbel with the soldier-beetle Rhagonycha fulva|
The bee chafer has a curiously disjunct distribution in the UK, see the map below (from the NBN Gateway). Many of the Glamorgan records are coastal (Kenfig, Baglan etc), which seems odd given that the larvae are said to be associated with old tree stumps.