Beetles

The Rustry Red click beetle RDB1

The Rusty Red click beetle RDB1

Beetles abound at Wimpole because of the many and varied habitats, but one type stands out amongst all the others and that is those beetles associated with deadwood and veteran trees. The flagship species that hogs the limelight is Elater Ferrengius or the Rusty red click beetle and yes, it does click. If you get hold of a click beetle its escape mechanism is to click its body so that it jumps a good few inches into the air. This is a Red Data Book I (RDBI)species which means it only occurs in very few places in the UK (that was until its sex pheromone was synthetically produced recently, more on that in the summer). Along with this beetle are a whole host of others that have in some cases very specific micro habitats within the Deadwood and veteran tree habitat. Click on SQI Wimpole to get the list of all these beetles.  SQI Wimpole 2007

This link will take you to the national SAPROXYLIC QUALITY INDEX of ranked sites nationally, you will find Wimpole 14th which means it is Nationally important for its deadwood habitat. You will notice that there are only two National Properties with higher scores, Hatfield has had extensive surveys and recording, while Croome park can not have a full list as a lot of the commoner beetles are missing. With further recording and surveying Wimpole may just find around 200 species of deadwood beetles, this could lower the SQI score if these new ones were of the commoner sort or raise the SQI score if more rare ones were found. My suspicion would be that the score may hover around where it is at present.

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