|Double-striped Pug, wingspan 17-18mm|
Of course, other one-offs don't herald a change of season. The beetle below was simply disturbed while digging over soil pre-planting a the local community farm (Highbridge). It doesn't usually appear until about June, and was distinctly keen to burrow back into the soil. It's Harpalus rufipes - note the orange appendages, golden pubescence on the elytra, and pronotum with slightly acute hind angles, curving just in front, then rounded to the sides. Common, but quite an engaging little beast - and at about 15mm long, of reasonable size for a beetle in this part of the world!
|Harpalus rufipes, posing on my paw.|
If you are interested in British ground beetles, the following is splendid (and you can find an errata list on the web):
Luff, M.L. (2007). The Carabidae (ground beetles) of Britain and Ireland (2nd ed.). Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects 4(2): 1-248. Pub'd by the Royal Entomological Society.