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Jun 30, 2013 1:41 PM

Is this an elm beetle

Hi, today I was working in a garden when the owner & I realised there were beetles falling from the air while mating and crawling all over the grass. They were quite good flyers but in their clusters of 2,3 or 4 they fell. They were mostly centered around a medium sized whitebeam, landing on the leaves, and flying around it in fairly large numbers. They were chunky around a cm long, thick bodied beetles, brown wing cases with bumps at the back, black heads, grey blue underneath. A look through a beetle book suggested elm beetles. I brought two home and did my best to photograph them. If they are elm beetle why are they present in such numbers? I stopped on the way home and looked at some elm sucker hedges but saw no beetles anywhere around.

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