Sunday, 3 August 2008

Sexual dimorphism

Male and female Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) butterflies in a set-aside field near Rowney Warren this afternoon, desparately trying to feel the warmth of the sun's rays on this very gloomy day.

Extreme Longhorns

There were three Aromia moschata (Musk Beetles) on wild angelica at Priory Country Park this morning near the spit. I have regularly seen them there over the last couple of weeks. The males in particular are spectacular with bodies about 3cm long and antennae about 4cm long, making them one of the largest Bedfordshire beetles. (Their dimensions severly tested (and broke) the depth of field capabilities of my macro lens, failing to get everything in focus, in the gloomy light. Will maybe try again in sunshine when I can stop down further).