MAY 30 2023 – ‘STENOCORUS MERIDIANUS’ LONGHORN BEETLE DISCOVERED IN AREA OF LOST HEDGEROWS ON WEST OF IFIELD RURAL FRINGE

‘Stenocorus Meridianus’ Longhorn Beetle – Photo taken by Fenella Maitland-Smith – 27/05/2023 – Location: West of Ifield Rural Fringe

 

https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/people/crawley-campaign-group-discovers-beetle-thought-to-be-extinct-in-the-county-4162114

Crawley campaign group discovers beetle ‘thought to be extinct in the county’

A campaign group from Crawley discovered a rare beetle last Saturday [May 27]

By Ellis Peters [Reporter: Crawley Observer – Sussex World]

Published [online only] 30th May 2023 09.45 BST

Campaigners from the Save West of Ifield group came across “a rare species of Longhorn Beetle, thought to be extinct in the county, has been discovered in a specific area of lost hedgerows on the West of Ifield Rural Fringe earmarked for development “, a member of the group said.

The beetle was discovered on land that has been proposed for housing development.

Longhorn beetles are known for their long antennae, which are often longer than their bodies.

Save West of Ifield member [and Ifield Society co-founder – Ed], Richard Symonds, said: “This is a tremendous discovery of a rare species of Longhorn Beetle which now demands our protection.”

 

Area of lost hedgerows where rare species of Longhorn Beetle was discovered – 27/05/2023 Photo by Bel Helm

 

‘Stenocorus Meridianus’ Longhorn Beetle [Photo by Fenella Maitland-Smith – 27/05/2023]

MAY 27 2023 – THE SATURDAY MOON-WALK – HEDGEROW HUNT FOR THE LONGHORN BEETLE [LED BY DAVID MOON] – 11AM FROM THE PLOUGH IN IFIELD [RETURN BY 1PM]

 

 

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THIS SATURDAY [JUNE 3 2023] – ‘THE LONGHORN HUNT’ – IFIELD SOCIETY RAMBLETTE – 11.00AM FROM THE PLOUGH IN IFIELD VILLAGE [RETURN BY 1PM]