Mid Wales

'Scarce' Blue Soldier Beetle site found near Builth Wells

A Blue Soldier Beetle Image copyright Flora Conservation UK
Image caption The Blue Soldier Beetle has black wing cases with metallic blue reflections

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

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