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But what gave rise to these thoughts about wild flowers was the competition which ran a few days ago in the Guardian, to name species that were under threat of extinction, the news can be found here under Wired Gov. ten species named in true traditional fashion, or at least Geoffrey Grigson fashion by the British public.. The Queen's Executioner beetle in Windsor Park wins the day..
Skeetle (Stenus longitarsis): A beetle that escapes predators using natural “jet skis”
Sea piglet (Arrhis phylonyx): A deep-sea “pseudo shrimp”
Queen’s executioner (Megapenthes lugens): A distinctive “clicking” beetle found only in Windsor Great Park, it feeds on the larvae of other insects
Blue pepper-pot beetle (Cryptocephalus punctiger): A rare leaf beetle whose larvae live in willow leaves
Scabious cuckoo bee (Nomada armata): A “cuckoo bee” that lays its eggs in the nests of other bees
Kaleidoscope jellyfish (Haliclystus auricula): A beautiful stalked jellyfish
St John’s jellyfish (Lucernariopsis cruxmelitensis): A tiny 1cm jellyfish, in the shape of a Maltese cross
Witches’ whiskers lichen (Usnea florida): A lichen with medicinal properties
Pixie gowns lichen (Peltigera venosa): A lichen that turns green when wet
Mab’s lantern (Philorhizus quadrisignatus): A very rare four spotted ground beetle