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Bunny ...
Black hard shell, ugly, little white spots and body armour , fly and really get a grip on things. Keep looking for name but never find them, are they stag beetles?
sotongeoff

Stag beetles dont fly-do they?-are they around now?

Bunny ...
I don't know if they do or not , here these things fly and no not around yet , when gets warmer. Sorry memory re jiggled (random) wanted to know what they are when they arrive , lab olive still has scar on lip from last attachment of one (her own fault trying to eat it)
Berghill

Stag beetles are big.

nutcutlet

how big are these beetles? where do you see them ? (ground, plants, compost heap?) are there lots of them or the occasional one

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Bunny ...
Quite a few appear like spiders, come in the house on walls, outside on deck or walls, pergola , like you would see a fly etc size errr, maybe half inch long.
nutcutlet

I'll have a think, not sounding familiar at the moment. When they turn up you may have to take a pic.

Look up fur beetles which are native and Asian long horned beetles which are a pest and look quite spidery. 

sotongeoff

Forget the green shield bug-forgot they were black-is this it?

http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n627/thedogcody/beetle-1_zps9370f48e.jpg

 

Bunny ...
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-5tuetn think its this....

Pine weevil
sotongeoff

Link doesn't work-does my picture match?

Bunny ...
Yes , I can't upload a pine weevil pic with iPad ...stupid thing.

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Bunny ...
Yep ours seem to have white ish cream spots
Bunny ...
No there is pine weevil too busy ...live in forest
nutcutlet

And lots of other weevils as well. some formerly a pest of flour rather than flower

sotongeoff

Bunny-bring me up to speed-have you identified this or not?