Here we introduce a few ‘foreign’ species. These will often be beetles that have been recorded in the UK but have not become established, or we may include species that are on the UK list but are extremely unlikely to be seen here e.g. Cerambyx cerdo Linnaeus, 1785. We will also include species that are widespread and common on the continent and so might be expected here in the future. The majority of the species will be from Europe but we will also include some from further afield; there are no criteria for selecting what is featured other than what appeals to us. This means for example that some interesting or spectacular European species may be featured alongside something from the Neotropical rainforest or a cave in Borneo; there are no specifics here other than to introduce things that might entertain or educate. Like any other region the UK boasts a long list of beetles that have arrived among imported agricultural and horticultural products, others have arrived in timber and exotic species have even emerged from imported furniture many years after its manufacture; there is a long and no doubt incomplete list which would only divert us from our intended reasons for making this site and so we shall not try to feature it (yet!) in any depth but we will be giving examples of interesting cases. To conform to the general ethos of the site we will try to include examples from a wide range of families, this is very ambitious for us as our priority is to feature UK beetles and so these will constitute the majority of our updates, but the temptation remains to feature some spectacular or odd stuff – and some of it will certainly be odd – and so we can only hope that others find the following additions to our site as interesting as we do. Updates to this section of the site are likely to be infrequent but for one reason or another we think that all of what follows will be of interest in one way or another to UK beetlers.
This section is dedicated to Spider without whose enthusiasm and sheer nuttiness it would never have come about.
Some of the following species may be unfamiliar and so we list them under family headings for guidance.