Glischrochilus hortensis

Glischrochilus hortensis: It is one of the three* species of Glischrochilus found in the United Kingdom. Its habitat is recorded as woodland, where feeds on sap exuding from various trees, not the case with the 2 specimens I recorded. Along with mites, Collembola, aphids, Heteroptera, Diptera, spiders, worms, and Coleoptera. Of the latter, 2 species of normal type beetles,  and three or more rove beetles. All will, in time find there way into my blog. Getting carried away again;  the latter point I was attempting to make is my specimens haven’t read the book, for they were found in a decomposing, germinating  mixture of birds around the base of my bird table. It could be that they are attracted to the decomposing fruit, after all that is what seeds are.  

* Belonging to the Family: Nitidulidae. Subgenus: Librodor of which there are around 18 species. A link showing the other 2 British species, namely  G. quadripunctatus, and G.  quadriguttatus, and  G. quadrisignatus for comparison  


Glischrochilus hortensis
Glischrochilus hortensis
Glischrochilus hortensis
Glischrochilus hortensis



Author: Mick Talbot

Besotted with nature in all its wondrous formats.

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