A woodland carrion beetle

Oiceoptoma thoracicum at Broadoak Quarry (c) Duncan Hutt

Yesterday at Broadoak Quarry there were a few examples of a distinctive insect to be seen.  This silky black beetle has an orange-brown plate like front part of the thorax, technically known as the pronotum.  It is a carrion or burying beetle but this one doesn’t actually bury its food.  Oiceoptoma thoracicum is a very forgettable name even if the beetle itself is quite easy to recognise; it’s found throughout Europe and east to Japan, mainly in woodland.

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