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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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01 May, 2015

Pterostichus madidus: the strawberry beetle | Nature Notes from Dorset

This little beetle, Pterostichus madidus, is common in gardens but I suspect even if one saw it one would take little notice of it unless you have a particular interest as I do! 
It is about one centimetre long (excluding the antennae) and is flightless. They are part of the family known as ground beetles and this species does live its life on the ground or on plants and it has a particular fondness for fruit, hence its colloquial name of the strawberry beetle. It is a shiny metallic black beetle but part of the legs are a brownish colour.

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