Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Bugs bugs and more bugs

The past week has seen thousands and thousands of flying things hanging around the chestnut trees.  They were never still enough to photograph, let alone identify.  But the chestnut catkins have started flowering and the bugs have landed.
This is one of Alex Wild's photographs of the Chauliognathus lugubris, the plague soldier beetle
Have just come across an article posted almost a year ago about these creatures - seems they've taken a very long time to get to us.  Problem now is that they are covering the flowers so much that the bees can't get a look in.
My really poor photograph - excuse = wind blowing.  The beetles are layers dense around the chestnut flowers.  Will try for more photos when the atmosphere is calm.

Alex Wild's website is a joy to behold - well worth wandering through. His photography is stunning.

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