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Alder Flea Weevil
alder flea weevil

Alder Flea Weevil Orchestes testaceus

Orchestes testaceus, known generally as the alder flea weevil or alder jumping weevil, is a species of flea weevil in the family Curculionidae. Image: Lorin Timaeus (iNaturalist)

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Black Oil Beetle
black oil beetle

Black Oil Beetle Meloe proscarabaeus

Famous for its fearsome jaws, the stag beetle does not have the bite to match. Look for it in woods, parks and gardens in South East England in summer. Males display their massive jaws to attract females and duel with their rivals. Image: Paul Kitchener (Flickr)

Find out more: iNaturalist, UK Beetle recording, Buglife – Oil Beetles

Brush-thighed Seed-eater

Brush-thighed Seed-eater Harpalus froelichii

The Brushthighed Seedeater is a medium sized, 8.5-10.5 mm long, ground beetle with a shiny black body and legs. 

Find out more: iNaturalist, UK Beetle recordingBack from the Brink – species factsheet (pdf)

Necklace Ground Beetle
Necklace Ground beetle

Necklace Ground Beetle Carabus monilis

This large and colourful species is distinctive due to the elytral sculpture which is suggestive of strings of beads and which gives rise to the common name. Its body is metallic green or coppery brown. Image: Matt Berry / Greenwings Wildlife Holidays (Flickr).

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Pashford Pot Beetle
cryptocephalus exiguus

Pashford Pot Beetle Cryptocephalus exiguus

Known only from a few sites in eastern England, with recent records (to 2000) only from Pashford Poors Fen, Suffolk - however drainage of surrounding agricultural fields which had led to drying of the site means that it is feared that this species may be extinct. Image: ukbeetles.co.uk.

Find out more: iNaturalist, UK Beetle recordingBuglife – Pot beetles

Poplar Leaf-rolling Weevil
poplar leaf-rolling weevil

Poplar Leaf-rolling Weevil Byctiscus populi

The leaf-rolling weevil Byctiscus populi is a striking green or coppery-metallic beetle around 5mm in length. The female usually deposits one egg in a leaf roll of one, rarely two leaves that has been rolled into a tight cylinder. Image: Ingeborg van Leeuwen (Flickr).

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Scarce Four-dot Pin-palp
scarce four-dot pin-palp

Scarce Four-dot Pin-palp Bembidion quadripustulatum

Found on wetland margins, including bare sand, mud or chalky-clay margins, well-vegetated fen margins, and bare silt lagoon margins. Image: Udo Schmidt (Flickr).

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Six-spotted Pot Beetle
six-spotted pot beetle

Six-spotted Pot Beetle Cryptocephalus sexpunctatus

The six-spotted pot beetle has a reddish-yellow thorax and elytra with usually three black spots (sometimes four) on each elytral wing case. Adult beetles are 4.5-6.5 mm in length. Image: Richard (Flickr)

Find out more: iNaturalist, UK Beetle recordingBuglife – Pot beetles

Stag beetle
stag beetle

Stag beetle Lucanus cervus

Famous for its fearsome jaws, the stag beetle does not have the bite to match. Look for it in woods, parks and gardens in South East England in summer. Males display their massive jaws to attract females and duel with their rivals. Image: Paul Kitchener (Flickr)

Find out more: iNaturalist, UK Beetle recording, Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Wormwood Moonshiner
wormwood moonshiner

Wormwood Moonshiner Amara fusca

A ground beetle that comes out at night to feed on wormwood seeds. The Wormwood moonshiner (Amara fusca) varies from a pale bronzy brown to dark brown. Image: Brian Evesham (Flickr).

Find out more: iNaturalist, Buglife, UK Beetle recording

Zircon Reed Beetle
Zircon reed beetle

Zircon Reed Beetle Donacia aquatica

The Zircon Reed Beetle is between 6.86.9mm in length; the males are smaller than the females. The elytra have a broad longitudinal band of rainbow colours from green through to purple, with a central gold strip. Image: Udo Schmidt (Flickr)

Find out more: iNaturalist, UK Beetle recordingBuglife – Management factsheet



The late David Nash computerised many Suffolk records with the aim of producing a book on the Beetles of Suffolk. Copies of his records are also held at SBIS. Ipswich Museum collections also contain many localised records. There are currently over 60,000 records on the SBIS database.

Colin Hawes has been researching Stag Beetles in Suffolk, there is an online form for recording sightings.

Useful guidance and links for anyone wishing to study this group can be found on the Coleopterist website. SWT has information on Glow worms


Major Publications

Coleoptera of Suffolk. C. Morley (1899)


The Coleoptera of Suffolk. E.A. Elliott (TSNS 1: 121)


Many reviews and amendments in TSNS, see below

Other papers from Suffolk Natural History

Oil Beetle discovery on the cliffs in Erwarton Bay. T. Gardiner & J. Gardiner (2017) Open
Baranowskiella ehnstromi confirmed in Britain. N. Mahler (2015) Open
Corrections to Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 16. D.R. Nash (2013) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 16 – Fifteen further species new to the list together with some recent interesting records. D.R. Nash (2012) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 15 – Platyrhinus resinosus (Scopoli) (Anthribidae) new to the County. D.R. Nash (2010) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 14 – Fifteen further species new to the list with one deletion and some interesting recent records. D.R. Nash (2009) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 13 – Seventeen species new to the Suffolk list, six deletions and recent significant records. D.R. Nash (2007) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 12 – Twenty-seven species new to the Suffolk list with significant records from the year 2004. D.R. Nash (2005) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 11 – Ten species new to the Suffolk list with significant records from the year 2003. D.R. Nash (2004) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 10 – 23 species new to Suffolk list with significant records from the year 2002. D.R. Nash (2003) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 9 – Eighteen species new to the Suffolk list with significant records from the year 2001. D.R. Nash (2002) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 8 – Fourteen species new to the Suffolk list with significant records from the year 2000. D.R. Nash (2001) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 7 – The genus Ischnomera Stephens (Oedemeridae). D.R. Nash (2000) Open
The Stag Beetle, Lucanus cervus L. (Coleoptera: Lucanidae): a hypothesis for its distribution in Suffolk. C.J. Hawes (2000) Open
The Stag Beetle, Lucanus cervus L (Coleoptera: Lucanidae): the 1998 national survey - an interim report. Hawes, C.J. (1999) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 6 – Scolytidae - an addendum; Platypodidae. Nash, D.R. (1999) Open
Notable saproxylic beetles (Coleoptera) from Aspal Close, Beck Row, near Mildenhall, Suffolk. R.C. Welch (1999) Open
The Stag Beetle Lucanus cervus L. (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) in Suffolk a first report. C.J. Hawes (1998) Open
Suffolk click beetles of the genus Ampedus including A. balteatus var. adrastifonnis Reitter (Coleoptera: E-lateridae) new to Britain. H. Mendel (1990) Open
Saproxylic beetles (Coleoptera) of the Icklingham Plains. H. Mendel (1989) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 5 – Ischnodes sanguinicollis (Pz.) (Elateridae) in Suffolk. D.R. Nash (1989) Open
Monochamus sutor (L) (Col. Cerambycidae) a foreign longhorn beetle. N. Gibbons (1988) Open
The beetles (Coleoptera) of Flixton sand pit. M. Collier (1987) Open
Some additions to the beetle fauna of Staverton Park, Suffolk. E.C. Welch (1986) Open
Aquatic Coleoptera new to Suffolk in Weston Fen. G.N. Foster (1984) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 4 – Scolytidae. D.R. Nash (1984) Open
Dienerella separanda Reitt. (Lathridiidae), not D. elongata (Curt.) from Staverton Park, Suffolk. R.C. Welch (1983) Open
Beetles (Coleoptera) new to Suffolk. H. Mendel (1983) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 3 – Cucujidae and Silvanidae. D.R. Nash (1981) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 2 – Lathridiidae. D.R. Nash (1980) Open
Notes on Suffolk Carabidae (Coleoptera) including two species new to the county list. H. Mendel (1980) Open
Notes on the Suffolk list of Coleoptera: 1 – Carabidae, a supplement. D.R. Nash (1979) Open
Additions to and comments on the Suffolk list of Anobiidae (Coleoptera). H. Mendel (1979) Open
Suffolk Coleoptera: Corrigenda. H. Mendel (1978) Open
Notes on the Suffolk List of Coleoptera: 1 – Carabidae. D.R. Nash (1978) Open
Bishybarnabees Col., (Coccinellidae). G.D. Heathcote (1977) Open
Further Important Additions to the Suffolk List of Coleoptera. D.R. Nash (1976) Open
Enicmus testaceus (S.) (Col. Latbridiidae). D.R. Nash (1975) Open
Dorcatoma chrysomelina Sturm. (Col. Anobiidae) re-discovered in Suffolk. D.R. Nash (1975) Open
Four Species of Coleoptera probably new to the Suffolk County List. D.R. Nash (1974) Open
Glow-worms. G.D. Heathcote (1973) Open
Plegaderus vulneratus Panz. (Histeridae): A Species of Coleoptera recently discovered in Britain and now added to the Suffolk List. D.R. Nash (1972) Open
Coccinellid Beetles on the East Coast. G.D. Heathcote (1972) Open
Coleoptera taken during 1970 from Arable Fields at Haughley Research Farms. P.J. Harding (1971) Open
A Preliminary Survey of the Coleoptera of Redgrave and Lopham Fens: A Supplement. R.D. Pope (1969) Open
A Preliminary Survey of the Coleoptera of Redgrave and Lopham Fens. R.D. Pope (1968) Open
The Stag Beetle. J.M. Clark (1966) Open
Two Rare Scarabaeid Beetles rediscovered in the Suffolk Breckland. M.G. Morris (1964)  Open
A Ladybird Plague on the East Coast. C.G.M. de Worms (1961) Open
Coccinellidae: Lady Birds. H.J. Boreham (1954) Open
Colorado Beetle's Suffolk Advent. Anon (1950) Open
The Blister Beetle bred in Suffolk. E.W. Platten (1941) Open
Critical Notes on Our Beetles. E.A. Elliott (1936) Open
The Coleoptera of Suffolk. (1930) E.A. Elliott Open


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