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Rare beetle found in secret garden on Norfolk Broads

The Black Longhorn Beetle particularly favours dead alder stumps and branches. Credit: Broads Authority

A rare beetle has been discovered on the Norfolk Broads.

The Black Longhorn Beetle (Stictoleptura Scutellata) at How Hill was found on a tall, dead beech trunk in the secret garden at How Hill.

This unusual beetle spends most of its time in the canopy of large trees, but can be found on flowers.

It's the first time the beetle has been spotted in Norfolk.

"The discovery of this conservation priority species shows the success of our work to retain the full age structure of trees, particularly old deadwood which this rare longhorn beetle requires."

– Andrea Kelly, Senior Ecologist for the Broads Authority