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December 14 2012

Beetle thought to have been extinct 100 years ago has ‘flown back on a bee’


A species of beetle thought to be extinct for more than 100 years has been found on the coast of Britain after flying in – on the back of a bee.

The Mediterranean oil beetle was believed to have died out in the UK and was last seen in 1906 in Essex.

But the species has now been spotted on National Trust land between Bolt Head and Bolt Tail on the Devon coast.

It is thought the parasite beetle may have travelled back to England on bees flying across the English Channel.

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