Over the weekend we were again working outside, which just meant I got to wander around with my camera again.
Saturday was very hot so there was not much bug activity until later in the afternoon when the change started coming through. Once it cooled slightly the bugs all went mad, trying to cram a full days activity into the few hours remaining!
I found this guy putting on a performance on the highest part of an Agapanthus. Although I have no idea what type of beetle this is I am going to go out on a limb and say I know a bit about their mating cycle.
The male climbs up to the most exposed part of a plant and then does a bit of a dance, spreading his wings out, curling up him bum and waving his forelegs frantically to attract the attention of a female. Once he has captured the attention of a willing partner they retire to the lower levels of the plant to take care of business.
I know this because I found about five of these guys doing the same dance on the top of different Agapanthus and I also found one successful bloke and his girl down in the leaves looking for a bit of privacy.
Sadly for this beetle I photographed I suspect all that dancing was in vain and his day was spent all alone with no chance of reproducing.
Why you say? Well, after watching him vainly do his little dance for a while I noticed him trying to climb to a higher part of the plant. After making a complete mess of the climb time after time he then lost his footing, plunging straight past the more successful couple, and smacked into the ground.
I can only imagine that any female who was thinking of wandering over to his leaf was in danger of falling off her own leaf laughing, then quickly turned her attention to a male who was far less embarrassing to be seen with.