Sunday, 6 June 2010

Beetle mania

The variety, and number, of longhorns increases as we move in June.

This stunning Clytus arietis - Wasp Beetle - was photographed at Ryton, North Yorkshire, by Doug Fairweather.

Resembling a species of wasp (Hymenoptera) in appeareance and behaviour, the disguise puts off potential predators, a typical example of Batesian mimicry.

At Tophill Low on June 5th, the 'snazzy' Agapanthia villosoviridescens was in abundance. The 11 seen today smashed our highest day count of one.

As we have so few pictures of them... I best post some more!

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