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The re-discovery of Thanasimus formicarius at National Trust, Formby.

Thanasimus formicarius (Louise Mills)

 

Thanasimus formicarius, also known as the ‘Ant Beetle’ or ‘European red-bellied clerid’ (fancy!), is a small but striking species of Beetle native to the UK. It is not un-common but being small and selective in its choice of habitat it is rarely seen in even more rarely reported!

The Beetle is typically found in coniferous woodland where it is a predator of Bark Beetles and is considered to be a natural control against infestation and damage caused by those species.

Hugh Harris: NATIONAL TRUST COASTAL BIOBLITZ, Sat 20th and Sun 21st June 2015

Hugh Harris. Lime Hawk Moth

The area at Formby Point managed by the National Trust has increased (520 acres) through a gift of the former tobacco waste areas by the British Nicotine Company, the purchase in 1985 of the Larkhill Lane heathland area from Ideal Homes Ltd and the recent purchase of the former agricultural area north of Wicks Lane. This area is heavily used for recreation and accessed via the large Victoria Road carpark. Here the frontal sand dunes are being rapidly cut back by the sea and prehistoric footprints can sometimes be found on the beach.

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