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May 19, 2014 10:12 AM

Mysterious flying insect

Can you please identify this flying insect? A few have been appearing in our office over the last couple of weeks.

 

Thanks

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      May 19, 2014 2:31 PM (in response to flew77)
      Re: Mysterious flying insect

      potentially a cardinal beetle

       

      a brief guess as you have not submitted any info to back up

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        May 19, 2014 4:57 PM (in response to abm)
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        How large is it? does it have a black spot at the tip of the wing cases? I can´t really see if it has

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          Jun 17, 2014 10:57 AM (in response to Samuel J)
          Re: Mysterious flying insect

          Hi,

           

          I am pretty sure this is the common red soldier beetle, Rhagonycha fulva, check out the black tips on its wings on the second photo. It also appears to have the tarsal formula 5-5-5, which rules out cardinal beetles (5-5-4).

           

          Cheers

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            Jun 18, 2014 10:40 PM (in response to Prostomis)
            Re: Mysterious flying insect

            Hi again,

             

            after just having seen another photo of what seems to be the same beast in another thread, which I also mistook for a Rhagonycha, and after having looked at your photo again, I think I will need to revise my ID. I think I can count only 4 tarsal segments on the hind leg, which means it is not a solider beetle. Based on that and its black tips on the wingcases, I am inclined to think it is a wharf borer, Nacerdes melanura, belonging to the family Oedemeridae, the false blister beetles.

            JD who started this other thread pointed this out here:

            http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/message/47773#47773

             

            Apologies, I should not have been so quick with my ID.

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