Hay-cutting Blackwater Reach (on the river side of Sandhurst Memorial Park), Melvyn found an unusual pretty beetle that none of us had seen before. It was large with a body 30mm long and iridescent dark green / purplish body. Back at the office we dug out the ID books and found the very long antennae classifies it as a type of Longhorn Beetle. In this case, it’s the adult Musk Beetle which is found between May and September, with the larvae feeding for three years on living willow. It is widespread across England, but is scarce so a real treat to spot.