One of England’s rarest and most spectacular beetles has been seen in record numbers and has been re-discovered on a historical site thanks to the ambitious Limestone’s Living Legacies conservation project.
From its discovery in 1857 to 2003, there had been just 40 individual Rock-rose Pot Beetles recorded in the UK, with over half of these coming from sites within Gloucestershire. This endangered species had recently only been known from four locations, with two sites in Gloucestershire and the other two in Dorset and Hampshire.
This fascinating beetle gets its name because both the adult beetle and the larvae feed on the Rock-rose plant while the larvae live in a protective pot made by their mother from a waxy secretion that is rolled in her own droppings. MORE
Header image: Andy Brown.