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_____________________________________________________________ Beetles 25 - Bee-hive Beetles

 

 

 

                                                    BEE-HIVE BEETLE Trichodes alverarius

 

 

 

                                                    BEE-HIVE BEETLE Trichodes alverarius

 

 

         The vernacular name of Bee-hive Beetle is possibly a bit misleading as this behaviour is limited exclusively to the larval stage of development. These handsome and colourful adult insects feed mainly on the pollen of the inflorescences of umbelliferous plants. There are three similar species to Trichodes alverarius in Europe but none of these are found in the UK. The beetles shown above were photographed in Tuscany (Toscana), Italy and in the Ardche, France.

 

 

 

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