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Trichius fasciatus (Trichius fasciatus)

Meet t he bee beetles currently living on our siberian irises.



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Thats a rare sight MG, but perhaps not so rare in scotland? Are they a threat in any way to native insects or plants?

16 Jun, 2010

 

Not a threat so far as I know Drc we have at least five of them and so far as I know they are very rare in Scotland. Am checking with a friend who is part of SNH to see if we are supposed to report the sighting.

16 Jun, 2010

 

How interesting, i'll read up on these.

16 Jun, 2010

 

I'm hoping they will stay around for a while... they are simply amazing to watch.

16 Jun, 2010

 

Interesting, thanks MG

16 Jun, 2010

 

I have never seen anything like that, and have never heard of bee beetles. Amazing looking things, also love the blue of that iris.

16 Jun, 2010

 

UK Safari site says they're rare in Britain, usually found on thyme or rose flowers, and only between May and July. I've managed to live 60 years, 30 spent gardening, without ever seeing one.

16 Jun, 2010

 

I read they are only seen in scotland?

16 Jun, 2010

 

That's all the info I've got "rare in Britain".

16 Jun, 2010

 

wow not seen these before mrs mb, arent they cute, and good i take it, great pic ;o))

16 Jun, 2010

 

All I know is they are rare... finally counted 6 of then! We are really, rally excited as they seem to be so rare! But friend who is with SNH has not come back so maybe we are just proud parents - lol

16 Jun, 2010

 

That's amazing - I'm glad you have a good clear photo of them!

17 Jun, 2010

 

Thank Spritz. have to say the iris is suffering. Not sure how they do it but must be sucking the sap out somehow...

17 Jun, 2010

 

Well - to be honest, I don't think you really have a choice if they are so rare - I'd let the iris suffer! It'll come back next year, after all...they may not!

17 Jun, 2010

 

Exactly :-)

17 Jun, 2010

 

wow there quite pretty

18 Jun, 2010

 

Amazing aren't they :-)

18 Jun, 2010

 

I read the bee beetles as a polite way of passing unsavoury comments about them. Never heard of a bee beetle. How interesting, good photo too.

18 Jun, 2010

 

Thx. still wandering around on the iris - even sleep on it overnight!

19 Jun, 2010

 

they are stunning,pleased you are leaving them alone. well done on spotting them.

20 Jun, 2010

 

They've been on the iris for a week now... fortunately for them we have several clumps of siberian iris as they seem to decimate them fairly rapidly. Wouldn't dream of harming them.

21 Jun, 2010

 

A Guest has just posted a question about a similar looking beastie in East Sussex. (29/06/2010 - 2pm)

29 Jun, 2010

 

We were finally pointed in the correct direction to report them so the siting could be recorded. Sadly they have now gone - probably to the home for ex-beetles in the sky! It seems that this area of Scotland is one of the few in the UK where they are seen.

I'm off to look at Guest's question

29 Jun, 2010

 

What fabulous beasties - and such amazing mimicry too!

29 Jun, 2010

 

Yes we were delighted to have them in the garden and hope they have laid babies somewhere.

29 Jun, 2010

 

Amazing looking they really standout

9 Jul, 2010

 

Disappeared as soon as the irises stopped flowering. Himself thinks they mated and have laid their eggs somewhere so we will just have to wait and see.

9 Jul, 2010

 

Fascinating pic :o)

15 Jul, 2010

 

omg they look alien ,never heard of them b 4 . wow

26 Aug, 2010

 

Not alien simply what they are amazing beetles!

26 Aug, 2010

 

;0))))))

26 Aug, 2010

 

heavenly gorgious irises, Moon. The beetles know they fit to perfection in that hue. The upper half is like a prearie bison, the lower a somewhat fat tiger.

10 Apr, 2011

 

lol

10 Apr, 2011

 

We're keeping a watch to see if they reappear

26 May, 2011

 

What beautiful little creatures .Have added this to my favourites.

29 May, 2011

 

They 'are' amazing. Another couple of weeks and we will start seriously looking for again, provided the wind hasn't flattened the irises!

29 May, 2011

 

They look little beauties, hope you find more babies on your travels around your garden. I have also added this to my favs.

29 May, 2011

 

14 June they're back! Two days earlier than last year, or perhaps it is just that we were watching out for their arrival... first spotted yesterday on the iris and also on the meconopsis today.

15 Jun, 2011

 

Welcome back, bee beetles ;o)

15 Jun, 2011

 

Yup we have totally welcomed them back

15 Jun, 2011

 

That's great news! You've obviously got the conditions that they like.

17 Jun, 2011

 

Would seem so Ilex, my only concern is that the irises are further on than they were a year ago but I'm sure they still find plenty to eat.

17 Jun, 2011

 

Interesting observation. I see that the original photo is dated 16 June and the flowers are very fresh looking. On 16 this year this clump is over.

17 Jun, 2011

 

Just seen this. Really eyecatching creatures. Hope you do find some more. Lovely photo...

24 Sep, 2011

 

We saw a few this year - far less than last year! So long as they keep reappearing we will be happy :-)

24 Sep, 2011

 

I have just seen this as well, they are cute little fellows how fascinating,lets hope they come back ths year to :)))

15 Jan, 2012

 

Fingers crossed the will re-appear in 2012

15 Jan, 2012

 

Hi Moon growe, I hope you manage to have the bee beetles back again this year. I bet something like Springwatch would like a photo of them - they often show viewers photos :)

30 May, 2012

 

The irises they love aren't in flower yet so will have to be patient...

31 May, 2012

 

Just seen this, how exiting waiting to see if they return for a 3rd summer :)

2 Jun, 2012

 

Yes it is Magna

2 Jun, 2012

 

hi MG ,just came across this photo today, fascinating
have they returned this year yet ?

22 Jun, 2012

 

Sadly no Helen, I think the cold and wet has deterred them

22 Jun, 2012

 

Aw that,s a pity ,wonder if they will return next year?
I hope so

22 Jun, 2012

 

Fingers crossed they will

22 Jun, 2012

 

Hi, it's 2013, I just saw your beetles. Like everyone else I find them BEAUTIFUL! Haven't seen anything like them in Southern California either. Have they returned?

13 Jan, 2013

 

The beetles may appear next summer Jomichele in June depending on the weather...

13 Jan, 2013

 

Wow nice pic!!! I had some darker Sib Irises once. The clumps were huge so I divided & gave lots away. Year later after abnormal weather...all of mine went !!!

26 Jul, 2014



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