Rare bee­tle foun­dat re­serve

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Gardiner

An en­dan­gered bee­tle has been dis­cov­ered at RSPB Scot­land Loch Leven, mak­ing the na­ture re­serve one of only two places it has been recorded in Scot­land.

Thanatophilus dis­par is a scav­eng­ing bee­tle that feeds on rot­ten fish and it is classed as crit­i­cally en­dan­gered in the UK and glob­ally rare.

The bee­tle was dis­cov­ered by the as­sis­tant war­den, Anna Jem­mett, who thought that the wet­land habi­tat and lochshore had the po­ten­tial to pro­vide a home for this bee­tle.

A sur­vey was con­ducted us­ing ten pit­fall traps with rot­ten had­dock as a lure, which were po­si­tioned around the na­ture re­serve in the evenings and checked the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

A to­tal of 11 of the bee­tles were found in three dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions around the re­serve, all of which were on sandy beaches at the edge of Loch Leven.

Anna said: “I put a piece of de­li­cious rot­ten fish into the bot­tom of the trap, hop­ing the pu­trid smell would en­tice the rare bee­tles in and it worked! It is a very spe­cial lit­tle bee­tle and we are lucky to have it here on re­serve.”

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