Natural England records four beetle extinctions in Great Britain

Natural England has published a comprehensive reviews of two beetle families in Great Britain, which shows at least four species extinctions over the past two decades.

To assess the conservation status of the longhorn beetle family (Cerambycidae) and the rove beetle family (Staphylinidae), Natural England commissioned the Joint Nature Reserve Committee and the charity Buglife to sift through tens of thousands of survey records, using the internationally accepted Red List guidelines, developed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The findings showed that of the 75 longhorn species, the Red-collared longhorn beetle, Obrium cantharinum and the great wasp beetle are believed to be extinct, with the last recorded sightings prior to 1938. One of the 68 species of rove beetle examined, achinus scapularis, is also believed to be extinct, with the last recorded sighting in Greenwich in 1953.

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