Pot Beetle

19th March 2012, Monday

I found this rather interesting larva emerging from its ‘pot’. It was one of a considerable number all emerging a few days ago on fence posts around woodland in Peasmarsh. I have often seen the sealed ‘pots’ and wondered what they were. I had thought they might just be splats of mud. Ispot has revealed it as a larva of a species of ‘Crytocephalus’ (a pot beetle). All I have do now though is work out which of the 20 or so British species it is.