Churchyard Beetle - Blaps mucronata

Scientific Name: Blaps mucronata

English Name: Churchyard Beetle or Cellar Beetle

French Name: Le Scarabée funebre

5 Key Characters:
  • Flightless.
  • Nocturnal.
  • Secrets a foul smelling liquid when alarmed (be careful not to handle them, as the secretion is also an irritant).
  • Completely mat black.
  • Found in dark damp places.
Lookalikes: There are 3 other species of Blaps in mainland France, all of which look very similar. There is a simple key for distinguishing them on le Monde des Insectes.

Habitat: Caves, cellars, stables.

Active Period: All year.

Status: Apparently uncommon, but may be under recorded.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

Photographs numbered from left to right and top to bottom. 1-5 A specimen discovered near Preuilly-sur-Claise in a farmyard near an old stable, April.

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