Monday, July 4, 2016

I thought it was a bird dropping - and then it moved ......

At first, when I saw this on a gatepost I thought it was a bird dropping - then it started walking.

It's a lesser thorn-tipped longhorn beetle Pogonocherus hispidus, just 5mm. long. 'Thorn-tipped' because of those projections on the top of the wing-cases (elytra), looking like pointed shoulder-pads.

My thanks to Keith Edkins for identifying this, on the wonderful iSpot website

Photographed at Egglestone in Teesdale, North Pennines

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