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Apr 19, 2011 5:37 PM

Beetle identification

Please see picture attached.    I've looked at several sites on-line and couldn't find it anywhere.   It is about 2cm long and I found it dead in a bucket of water.  The bucket had been left unattended for about two weeks.   I'm guessing it was looking for water in the dry weather and couldn't get out.
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    Apr 19, 2011 6:12 PM (in response to GrahamAbbott)
    Re: Beetle identification
    This is Dytiscus marginalis.  The reason you found it in a bucket is that it is a water beetle!
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      Apr 20, 2011 8:49 AM (in response to Clive Washington)
      Re: Beetle identification
      I'm impressed he managed to hit the bucket, must have been some high diving feat. (I say he as the shiny rather than grooved wing cases make this a male).
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        I have always regarded Dytiscus marginalis as the psychopath of the insect world as they will fearlessly attack just about anything that moves. As a child I saw one take a bite from the back of a five inch Chub in a local stream and in a weeded canal I saw one make short work of a huge Marsh Frog tadpole also to add to my ever increasing tally of nips I have personally been bitten a few times when delving into a weeded net, very bloody and painful.
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