|Side view showing punctures, cylindrical shape and broad, blunt rostrum.|
|Head showing rostrum (without a strongly broadened end or sharp basal excision) and bluntly pointed (rather than rounded) ends to the antennae.|
|Rear of elytra (wing cases) showing a flange round the edge (technically, formed by outgrowth of the 9th interstice or 'gap between rows of punctures').|
Next, a beetle with a broadly similar size and overall form (unsurprising for wood-borers that have to fit into tunnels and small holes) - despite only being 2-3mm long, this one was quite strikingly red in colour even to the naked eye.
|Dorsal view showing reddish colour and cylindrical shape.|
|Ventral view of the head and thorax. The spines at the front corners of the pronotum are clearly visible, as are its smooth (rather than toothed) sides. Also, the 'temples' of the head are not sharply toothed.|
|Dorsal view showing that the pronotum does not have a pair of longitudinal grooves.|
|A bug with one of the fairly typical hemipteran body shapes, more or less droplet shaped with a pointed head widening evenly to the abdomen. This specimen is short-winged ('brachypterous') and the legs are yellowish with darkened femora.|
|Looking more closely, the wings are clearly brownish. Note the typical hemipteran scutellum - the triangular area between the wings and the pronotum.|
So, with the larger (relatively speaking) specimens covered, the next stage of my timber investigations will be to look at some of the tinier inhabitants to see what else lurks among the bark and wood-fibres. Part 3 hopefully on its way soon...
|Part of our firewood store - it has since expanded considerably - what else will be calling it 'home'?|
Hurka, K. (2005). Beetles of the Czech and Slovak Republics. Kabourek, Zlin. An excellent and well-illustrated overview of beetles from this part of Europe; the majority of species covered are found in Britain.
Morris, M.G. (2002). True Weevils (Part I). Coleoptera: Curculionidae (Subfamilies Raymondionyminae to Smicronychinae). Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects 5(17b): 1-149. Currently the standard work for this group in Britain.
Southwood, T.R.E. & Leston, D. (1959). Land & Water Bugs of the British Isles. Warne, London. Though old, this is still very useful and is available as a 2005 reprint (and possibly CD-ROM) from Pisces Publications, which is the version I have - the original is not cheap!