Welcome to the Scarlet malachite beetle survey
Join the hunt for the incredible Scarlet Malachite Beetle! This May and June Buglife is searching for an extremely rare and endangered beetle and we need your help...
How to take part Taking part in the Scarlet malachite beetle survey is easy. Follow our three simple steps which show you how to look for Scarlet malachite beetles, how to record them and how to send us your sightings. Find out how to take part.
|Scarlet malachite beetle (Malachius aeneus) © Duncan Sivell|
Help us to save the Scarlet malachite beetle Having once been widespread across southern England, the Scarlet malachite beetle has declined so much it’s now threatened with extinction. We are asking people who live in areas where this beetle used to be found to look out for it this spring, so we can assess the current status of this beetle in Britain.
This colourful beetle clings on in just a small portion of its former range and is now so rare it has been declared a government priority for conservation action. A similar survey carried out in 2006 had positive results; adding four new populations to the four we already knew about. We believe the beetle may still be hanging on in other areas and with the help of the public we hope to discover more populations.
Learn more about the Scarlet malachite beetle The Scarlet malachite beetle is an enigma, only appearing for a few weeks each year. The presence or absence of the beetle tells us much about the health of our modern countryside – or lack of it. That’s why we need your help to look out for it, especially if you live in an area where it has been found before. Take a look at the distribution map and if you live near one of the Scarlet malachite beetle locations (new or old) them please take part in our Scarlet malachite beetle survey!