Little black beetles at Moses Gate Darcy Lever

Entomology Corner:   Two of the posts at Moses Gate Darcy Lever seem to have become home to colonies of little black beetles – (see photo) – they’re about the size of ladybirds.  I’ve not seen anything like this on any of our 1500 posts before. A local expert tells me they are Alder Leaf beetles, which went extinct in 1895 but reappeared at Styal in 2005 and are now relatively common. Darcy Lever must have more alder trees than any of our other parks!