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Sulphur beetle

Cteniopus sulphureus - (family Alleculidae)

The very distinctive sulphur beetle is the only bright yellow beetle found in the UK. The adults live in flowers, where they feed on nectar and pollen. The species is usually only found in very dry places such as chalk or sandy grassland in the south of England, and is mainly restricted to coastal sand dunes in northern England. This family of beetles is closely related to the Tenebrionidae (darkling beetles) and is sometimes classified as a subfamily of the Tenebrionidae.

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Buzzing bumblebees

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