Hot weather attracts swarms of tiny black beetles
PUBLISHED: 16:50 24 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:45 28 June 2018
Swarms of tiny black beetles have been appearing in gardens across Suffolk and Essex, seemingly attracted by the hot weather.
The insects, believed to be pollen beetles, have been recorded in locations such as Ipswich, Colchester, Sudbury and Trimley.
And they seem to be particularly attracted to anything yellow or white - including washing drying on outdoor lines.
But while they are a source of annoyance to some, including participants in the Ipswich Race For Life for Cancer Research UK, at Trinity Park, some people have seen their arrival as a bonus.
Wildlife volunteer George Millins, who was working at SESAW animal shelter in Leavenheath, said his colleague’s white shirt was “covered” with beetles.
He said it was likely to be the warm weather attracting them, but welcomed their presence.
He added: “You rarely see the small thunder flies these days that used to be everywhere so it’s heartening to see that insects in such large numbers still exist.
“People who love birds in their gardens should welcome the beetles because they are a valuable food source for garden birds.”
According to the Royal Horticultural Society, none of the 36 species of pollen beetle in Britain cause damage to garden plants - in fact they can help with pollination.
They all develop in the flower buds of wild flowers or agricultural crops, and yellow flowers seem to be particularly attractive to them.