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Dec 17, 2013 12:00 PM

Can anyone help to identify this Beetle

Sunday night I ran my last moth trap of the year 2013. Empty not a moth in sight.

But in the trap was this very small beetle.

Only 5mm in length.

 

1) Could it be a ground beetle?

2) Is it a small adult beetle or a juvenile which will grow bigger ?

 

Any help would be appreciated.

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    Dec 17, 2013 2:49 PM (in response to GWMOTHS)
    Re: Can anyone help to identify this Beetle

    It's a Notiophilus species and, yes, a carabid. N. biguttatus is the commonest species but there are several others and I can't remember how to distinguish them. If Clive sees this he may be able to take it further but I can't, sorry.

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        Dec 20, 2013 4:17 PM (in response to GWMOTHS)
        Re: Can anyone help to identify this Beetle

        The first two characters I certainly agree with and I think you're right about the third one too. But I really can't see the head region clearly in the photo to pass on opinion about the fourth. But as I said previously, biguttatus is the commonest species.

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