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British Beetle identification

Hello, Please can someone help with the the name for this beetle species about 1cm long with a blue head. It was found on a  chalk path in rough grassland on Salisbury Plain. Many thanks Peter.

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    Jun 6, 2013 10:32 AM (in response to nomad)
    Re: British Beetle identification

    This is the Bloody-nosed beetle, Timarcha tenebricosa, and chalky grassland is classically their habitat and anywhere else that their adult and larval foodplant Gallium spp. is found. They are members of the beetle family Chrysomelidae and like all others in the group have adapted pad-like feet loaded with hundreds of special adhesion hairs that enable them to climb on shiny surfaces of leaves (and even polished glass). They are a classic summer beetle observed on sunny days (long may they stay with us - the sun that is, and the beetles of course). They always remind me of clockwork beetles as they slowly march along on their padded feet.

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