'Scarce' Blue Soldier Beetle site found near Builth Wells
A scarce beetle usually found in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia has been discovered at a new site in Powys.
The Blue Soldier Beetle was found on the banks of the Duhonw, a river outside Builth Wells, by Elisabeth Harris of Flora Conservation UK.
It was identified by experts Keith Alexander and Mark Telfer.
Dr Harris said: "I am delighted to report that this scarce blue soldier beetle has been found at a new site in mid-Wales."
The beetle is a nationally scarce species and, until this latest discovery, it had only been recorded once in Wales in the past 14 years