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25th July 2012

Giant extinct Beetle rehomed at the Stratford Butterfly Farm

A giant Capricorn Beetle, classified as extinct in the UK, has been re-homed at the Stratford Butterfly Farm after being discovered by Ian Beaver from Shropshire Building Supplies. It is thought the Beetle arrived in the UK on an imported oak beam from Germany.

A giant Capricorn Beetle, classified as extinct in the UK, has been re-homed at the Stratford Butterfly Farm after being discovered by Ian Beaver from Shropshire Building Supplies.It is thought the Beetle arrived in the UK on an imported oak beam from Germany. Capricorn Beetles are believed to have disappeared in the UK in the early 18th century; however they are still found in central Europe, but are classified as extremely rare. The Beetle is one of Europe’s largest species from the Longhorn family, easily recognised by their very long antennae.

These beetles are now increasingly rare because dead trees and rotting timber are generally ‘tidied up’ from woods and forests leaving no food source for the beetles’ larvae. In timber the grubs can wreak tremendous havoc as they munch through the wood, leaving large hollow chambers. They spend over two years as a larva, tunnelling through the wood before pupating and finally emerging as an adult for a brief life in which to mate and lay eggs.

Emma Bartholomew, Marketing Manager at the Stratford Butterfly Farm stated “We are delighted to have re-homed this beautiful Capricorn Beetle and very grateful for the building supplier in bringing it to us and adding to our fantastic range of insects!”

To see hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles and spiders visit the Butterfly Farm from 10:00am to 5.30pm every day of the week. Entry fees are Adults £6.25, Seniors & Students £5.75, Children (under 3’s go free) £5.25, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £18.50. Group discounts are available. Prices have not increased for the last two years and a visit to the Butterfly Farm represents fantastic value for money. For more information on the Stratford Butterfly Farm please visit the official website at www.butterflyfarm.co.uk or telephone on 01789 299288.