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Hazel Pot Beetle


The female Hazel pot beetle cuts leaves from Hazel or Birch bushes as food for her young. She lays her egg in a pot that she makes out of her own droppings and then drops the pot into the litter of leaves. When they sense danger the larvae retreat back into their pots for protection.
Once widespread across England, they can now only be found in three sites, one each in Lincolnshire, Surrey and Berkshire.
Due to the destruction of they habitat, this beetle is now very rare.