We have had some seriously hot days recently so when today turned out to be a slightly cooler 32°c (90°F) we were not the only ones relieved. I didn’t spend too much time outside but still managed to find quite a few insects out and about, probably making up for lost time.
When I went to put some tea leaves in the worm farm this morning I lifted the lid to find this dotty beetle totally startled by the sudden light.
I helped him out with a stick and then called out the kids to have a look. (There is no way that any critter is allowed to be released into the wild without everyone getting a look at it.)
I am not sure how he made it in there, I guess he must have been hiding in some leaf litter I put in there a few days ago. He would have had a nice time in there, it is cool and damp, so I think he might be cursing me for evicting him!
Number 1 helpfully held the stick for me while I got my camera and I managed to get a few shots off before he flew off to his new life without his wormy friends.
Worm farm intruder.
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.
just before the fall….
Number 2 son is well known for his love of bugs and small critters. Well, not all, they must have less than eight legs to get on his good list.
If there is ever a bug who has made its way into the house or caravan and needs evicting we call for him. It will be rescued with glee and returned safely to a more appropriate environment.
Last weekend this Christmas Beetle needed rescuing from Jack. It was hanging around near the glass back door and, because of the cold, couldn’t move too speedily. Because of this it nearly became a doggy breakfast entrée.
The beetle was saved, examined, warmed up in little hands, and escorted to the front yard, well out of canine reach.