Stag beetles fighting, video


This is a video about two male stag beetles fighting near Bingelrade in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

Ien Rutten made the video.

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Ladybugs and other insects on video


This video shows various insect species.

Including pine ladybirds during mating.

R. Veerling from the Netherlands made the video.

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Mating ladybugs, video


This is a video about mating ladybugs, made in October 2013, near Harlingen in the Netherlands.

Anna Zuidema made this video.

Harmonia axydiris ladybugs in the Netherlands: here.

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Texel island insects research


This video is called Green Tiger Beetle.

Entomologists report from Texel island in the Netherlands.

They have investigated beetles in the ‘t Grietje area near De Koog village.

They saw over 100 green tiger beetles. This species had been absent from the island for decades; and is present again since 2004.

The entomologists saw three Platyderus depressus beetles in ‘t Grietje. This species lives only on Texel, not anywhere else in the Netherlands.

Also found: five other beetle species, including Stomis pumicatis.

There were five bee species: honeybee; Andrena argentata; Colletes succinctus; large earth bumblebee; and white-tailed bumblebee.

Texel dead wood wildlife: here.

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New rhinoceros beetle discovery in Bolivia


This video says about itself:

Unboxing 2 Allomyrina dichotoma (Rhino beetle)

15 June 2013

A new unboxing – 2 Allomyrina dichotoma (Rhino beetle) a gorgeous major male and a stunning female – recently pupated.

Please check out the site to have a look at some amazing beetles :)

From Sci-News.com:

New Species of Rhinoceros Beetle Found in Bolivia

Nov 29, 2013 by Enrico de Lazaro

Entomologists from Bolivia and Brazil have described a new species of rhinoceros beetle from a subhumid forest in the Southern Bolivian Andes.

The new species belongs to the very rare beetle genus Oryctophileurus.

“Like the other species of the genus, the new species might be rare or has a cryptic way of life,” wrote Dr Robert Perger from the Colección Boliviana de Fauna and Dr Paschoal Grossi from the Universidade Federal do Paraná, co-authors of the paper published in the journal ZooKeys.

The beetle, named Oryctophileurus guerrai, measures about 2 cm long by 1 cm wide.

“The species is named after our friend and colleague, Fernando ‘Fideo’ Guerra, for his lifetime commitment to the investigation of the Bolivian fauna. His participation in the actual survey in the southern Bolivian Andes has led to the discovery and description of several previously unknown taxa, and he was also the first to collect an individual of Oryctophileurus guerrai.”

Oryctophileurus guerrai resembles known species O. armicollis, but can be distinguished “by the distance between the inner teeth on the dorsal pronotal protuberance, and in females by the inner teeth separated by only a small fissure.”

Two specimens (female and male) of Oryctophileurus guerrai were collected in the northwestern buffer zone of the Tariquía Flora and Fauna National Reserve, department of Tarija, Bolivia.

“Oryctophileurus guerrai is known only from the northwestern area of Tariquía National Reserve in the southern Bolivian Andes. The forest in this area is considered subandine subhumid, semi-deciduous, Tucuman-Bolivian forest with a mean annual temperature of 18.7 °C and an annual rainfall of 1334 mm,” the scientists wrote in the paper.

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Bibliographic information: Perger R, Grossi PC. 2013. Revision of the rhinoceros beetle genus Oryctophileurus Kolbe with description of a new species, the male of O. varicosus Prell, and notes on biogeography (Scarabaeoidea, Dynastinae, Phileurini). ZooKeys 346: 1–16; doi: 10.3897/zookeys.346.6114

Researchers from the National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) have identified a new globe-trotting yeast species that lives on tree-associated beetles. This new species demonstrates the importance of preserving biodiversity, as yeasts like this may help efforts to develop renewable fuel sources in the future: here.

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Great grey shrike video


This is a video of a great grey shrike, feeding on a dung beetle in Haaksbergerveen nature reserve in the Netherlands.

The video is by Carl Derks.

Ice age hyena coprolite research in the Netherlands


This video is called Extinct hyenas tribute.

At the moment, in Naturalis museum in Leiden in the Netherlands, there is research about hyenas, living about 35,000 years ago in what is now the North Sea, but was land then.

The research involves investigating fossil hyena excrement, called coprolites, with scanners. The coprolites indicate what the hyenas ate.

Among the finds so far in the coprolites is an Alpine marmot piece of bone. And a burying beetle shield. Scientists are still investigating which beetle species in the Nicrophorus genus that was. Had the beetle, like the hyena, been attracted by a dead mammoth?

The researchers found pollen of various plants in the coprolites as well. Mainly pollen of marsh plants, indicating that the hyenas lived in a wetland environment.

New Dutch beetle species discovery


In the Dutch province Limburg, Portuguese workers are exploited.

Fortunately, there is also better southern Europe-related news from that province.

Anillus caecus female, Verlengde Winkelberg, photo by Theodoor Heijerman

Translated from the Stichting Bargerveen in the Netherlands, Friday 4 October 2013:

Tiny blind beetle, new for the Netherlands

A new South European ground beetle species has been found in the Netherlands. It is only two millimeters. Eyes and wings are missing and the creature lives underground. In 2012, the first three specimens were caught in Bemelen (south Limburg). This year, it turned out that the beetles live in large parts of the Bemelerberg hills. The journal Entomologische Berichten reports so this week.

While sorting out ground level traps of the Verlengde Winkelberg hill in Bemelen in 2012 a very small (about two millimeters), yellow-brown, eyeless beetle was found. Research by beetle expert Ron Felix concluded this was a male Anillus caecus, a beetle species which had never been found before in the Netherlands.

In 2013 there was more research in the Bemelerberg hills about the local distribution of this beetle. In total, another five individuals were caught at different locations. This justifies the assumption that the species is actually present in a large part of the Bemelerberg hills. …

This southern European beetle is known from the southwest of France. Observations are from the northern slopes of the Pyrenees to central France. …

How these blind, wingless beetles have managed to reach the Netherlands is difficult to say. The most obvious cause may be that humans brought them, for example, with vines from southern France. However, the possibility of a natural population cannot be completely ruled out. This beetle species has a very cryptic, subterranean lifestyle about which almost nothing is known.

Recently, a beetle species, new for Flanders, was discovered as well.

Rhinoceros beetle discovery in England


This video says about itself:

Animal Olympics: Rhinoceros beetles are the strongest animals in the world. Here is the proof.

From Wildlife Extra:

Europe’s strongest beetle discovered in Worcestershire

The European rhinoceros beetle is Europe’s strongest beetle, lifting up to 850 times their own body weight and is not considered a pest species in other countries.

Is it a pet, an introduced species or a recent arrival in the UK?

September 2013. Wildlife enthusiasts have been thrilled to discover a rhinoceros beetle in Worcestershire, a giant insect usually only found in mainland Europe.

Budding entomologist, Angie Hill found the huge beetle in her organic garden in Martley, Worcestershire and sent a photograph to Buglife for identification. Experts there were amazed at the exciting discovery and confirmed that it is a European rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes nasicornis), the same species as Dim, the beetle in the Disney film ‘A Bug’s Life‘.

Matt Shardlow, Buglife CEO said “We couldn’t believe it when we saw the photo; this is the first time one has ever been found in the wild in Britain. These gentle giants can grow up to 6 cm long and while the stag beetle can be longer, the European rhinoceros beetle is a robust beastie; this animal is probably the heaviest beetle in Britain.”

Angie said “I am delighted that this beetle has turned up in my garden and would love to know how arrived in a small Worcestershire village?”

Buglife are now asking for members of the public to keep their eyes peeled in the Worcestershire area.

Matt said “We need to find out whether it’s an escaped pet, an accidental introduction, perhaps with wood chips, or whether they are actually breeding in the wild. Worcestershire is an area famous for the Noble chafer (Gnorimus nobilis), and other rare beetles associated with dead wood. The rhino beetle feeds in decaying wood so it is possible they are breeding in an ancient wood in the Teme valley.”

If you find a similar looking beetle please take a photograph and send it in to Buglife. For more information and to help with identification, please visit www.buglife.org.uk.

Stag beetle, other insects, video


This video is about a stag beetle. And about other insects, like a wasp and green flies, on a tree in a forest near Nunspeet, the Netherlands.

Berry Haddeman made this video.