Less beetles in the Netherlands

Female hermit beetle

Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:

March 10, 2010 08:09

AMSTERDAM – Over the last forty years in the Netherlands, 333 new beetle species have been discovered and 475 species have disappeared. In total there are now over 4100 species known. This is shown by a list that was presented Wednesday by the Netherlands Entomological Society (NEV).

The province of Limburg has most beetle species (3569). In Flevoland, there are least species, just over a thousand.

Among the extinct species are the hermit beetle and the horned dung beetle. The catalog also describes many new beetles, such as the harlequin ladybird.

But in the past, many species have been overlooked. Other species were even completely unknown and only recently described scientifically.

For the new NEV-catalog more than 22,000 beetles, which are preserved in museum collections, were re-examined.

See also here. And here.

October 2010: Efforts to quantify the invasive harlequin ladybird are underway. Known as the most invasive ladybird on Earth, scientists are working hard to monitor its spread and impact – and as they gather information, you can help: here.

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