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Two rare insects found in Powys nature reserve

Dorcatoma substriata Image copyright Siga
Image caption Larvae belonging to a rare beetle were found on fungi at Cwm Byddog in Powys

Two rare insects have been discovered in a Powys nature reserve.

Radnorshire Wildlife Trust (RWT) made the finds at the Cwm Byddog reserve near Clyro in Powys.

Insect larvae was spotted on a piece of fungus and identified as the beetle Dorcatoma substriata.

Shortly after, an unusually-shaped plant caught the eye of one of the experts and after further research, it was found to be caused by a tiny midge called Dasineura strumosa.

RWT member John Ockenden said this is the first time this midge has been recorded in Wales.

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