Thursday, 20 April 2000

Sulphur Beetle (Cteniopus sulphureus)

Adult Sulphur Beetle (Cteniopus sulphureus - unknown subspecies) at Geddington, Northants - June 2010

Length: 7-10mm
UK Status: Not Evaluated IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

A tiny but brightly coloured beetle found on the Southern coast of the UK, it favours plants such as wild carrot and wild thyme on dry grassland and sand dunes.  Locally they can apparently be very common, and can be seen feeding on pollen and nectar.  As there are no other entirely bright yellow beetles in the UK, even at this small size it is a distinctive species.

Related Species:
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Tenebrionidae
Genus: Cteniopus
Subspecies: C. s. analis, C. s. murinus, C. s. palpalis, C. s. sulphuratus

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington and various other sites

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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