Bloody-nosed beetle.......

jdmphotography

CAMBRIDGESHIRE, United Kingdom

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Captured at Titchwell Marsh, Nr Norfolk England UK.

The bloody-nosed beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) is a large flightless leaf beetle. It gets its common name from a defensive behaviour of exuding a foul-tasting bright red fluid from its mouth, and is also called blood spewer or blood spewing beetle.

Average specimens are quite squat being about 2 cm (3/4 inch) long, and about half that wide. They are black to bluish or purplish black in colour. The beetle can be found in southern and central Europe, and is common in Britain and Ireland.

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