Another mega beetle The Alpine longhorn beetle;

Saw this one a few days ago. It flew in and landed on my shirt, I was at the time wearing a rather fetching  shiny green silk shirt that I bought some years ago in Vietnam…..  it was olive green not too  o. t. t.

Anyway I persuaded it to move off my shirt and onto some rocks so I could photograph it.

It is called The Rosalia longicorn (Rosalia alpina) or Alpine longhorn beetle,

According to wikipedia ‘They are distributed from the Alps east to Slovakia. Its numbers across Europe has greatly depleted in recent years, and it is a protected species in Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia‘. This one however was living free in the  European Zoo in Poitou-Charentes, France….. a long way from the Alps.

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Stag Beetle in the garden

Yesterday we found this beetle in our summerhouse.

 

We took lots of photos of him, he was quite cooperative, Theo also took lots of photos. He is going to set up a blog for his photos it will be called Theo’s Photo Blog.

Good luck with the blog … Theo.

Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle (Rutpela maculata)

Saw this Longhorn beetle in our patch of Ninewells wood today. It was the first time I have seen this species there.

They are not that rare but are only around for  few weeks of the year.They can be up to 4 years as a grub living on rotten wood. Then when they hatch in June they are only around for 2 to 4 weeks.

They are quite big, up to 20 mm, I would say this was about 15 mm long. Also the pattern of the dark brown /black marks on their backs does vary quite a lot. Sometimes more banded other times more spotted. This one is sort of intermediate.

I notice there is a small drop of liquid on the leaf just behind the back end of the beetle. It had not been raining so I wonder if this is beetle juice/wee.

Honey Bee

105 mm Sigma macro with 36 mm extension tube. I was trying to get some of them in flight but unless they are in exactly the right spot then they are out of focus. I will take another 500 shots to hopefully get one which is as neat as this one when it was not on the move.

Aside

Attenborough says count butterflies; so this is how it is on Clearwell Meend.

I was motivated to spend an hour or so photographing the butterflies on Clearwell Meed today because we have recently had some Marbled Whites in the garden. As I had expected there were lots flitting about up there, possibly they were just about out numbered by the Meadow Browns, but they of course look more spectacular.

There were quite a few skippers about, I think both Small and Essex skippers. They are very difficult to tell apart, it all come down to the tip of their antennae and  the Essex has a distinctly black tip, as does the one below.

The Small skipper does not have a noticeably black tip…  Could this be him?

I also saw a Peacock, a Red Admiral and several Gatekeepers.

 

 

 

 

There were also lots of day flying moths, including Silver Y and Six spotted Burnetts.

And now a day later David Attenborough has urged us all to go out and count Butterflies, so who is ahead of the game…. Big butterfly count