Thursday, 5 September 2013

European rhinoceros beetle found in Worcestershire garden

An amateur naturalist says she was "very excited" to find a rare giant beetle in her garden.

The European rhinoceros beetle was found by Angie Hill in Martley, Worcestershire.

Conservation trust Buglife identified the beetle from a photo Ms Hill sent them and believes it is the first time it has been found in Britain.

The beetle can grow up to 6cm (2.36in) and can lift 850 times its own weight.

Ms Hill saw the beetle when she went to look at moth traps she uses to count species for the Teme Valley Wildlife Group.

"I saw this huge beetle, which was very shiny like a conker, and so I grabbed my camera," she said.

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