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Massive numbers of small blue beetles in Alwoodley.

Posted: Mon 07 Sep, 2020 6:20 pm
by Leodian
A neighbour alerted me yesterday (Sept 6 2020) to massive numbers of small beetles he had seen while walking by the day before. I went to the site today (Sept 7 2020) and found there were huge numbers of the beetles (a very few of them are seen in the attached photo that I took). The beetles are a metallic blue and a bit over a quarter of an inch in length. They copiously covered a small area and were on different plants. I saw a few of the beetles flying. The beetles were in untended ground by Nanny Beck that runs by Buckstone Road, Alwoodley, a little before the track into Adel Wood.

The nearest I've been able to identify them is that they may be blue mint beetles but those are said to be almost always only found on mint plants and these were seen on various plants (I don't know if the plants in the photo are mint ones). I wonder if there is an invasion of these beetles this year for some reason.
BlueBeetlesBuckstoneRoadAlwoodleyLeedsSept072020..jpg
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Re: Massive numbers of small blue beetles in Alwoodley.

Posted: Mon 07 Sep, 2020 7:31 pm
by warringtonrhino
They look like alder leaf beetles, I found a similar group 2 years ago near Warrington

Re: Massive numbers of small blue beetles in Alwoodley.

Posted: Mon 07 Sep, 2020 7:32 pm
by warringtonrhino
They also look to be on alder leaves

Re: Massive numbers of small blue beetles in Alwoodley.

Posted: Tue 08 Sep, 2020 8:09 pm
by Leodian
Thanks for your help warringtonrhino :).