April 4, 2016 – For the strictly protected Cucujus cinnaberinus beetle species in recent years entomologists have sought a monitoring method minimizing the damage to its habitat (bark from recently dead trees). Successfully.
Cucujus cinnaberinus spends almost all its life, both as larva and as adult beetle, hiding behind bark. The beetle is on the Habitats Directive, meaning it and the dead trees where it lives are protected strictly.
This rare beetle species was seen in the Netherlands for the first time in 2012.