Have you heard the horror story about the cannibal beetles discovered in Abbey Wood, south-east London? Oh wait – that’s an actual REAL THING.
Known as the ‘great silver water beetle’, the critters usually live in the west country and at 65mm long, they’re the largest species of aquatic beetle in the UK. While the adult bugs eat decaying vegetation, larvae feed on aquatic snails, tadpoles and… sometimes each other. Yikes.
Crossness Nature Reserve manager Karen Sutton said: ‘This is an exciting time for us as the discovery of any new species at the site is a good indicator of what a diverse habitat we have here. For a reserve in the boundaries of one of London’s biggest sewage works it’s remarkable and shows what great work is being done to take care of the watercourses in the area.’
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