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This is a showreel produced for Sarah Beynon, an Oxford entomologist. She’s into dung beetles, but there is also some interesting footage of the Sexton Beetle (see my photograph) and its breeding habits.
My first outdoor bug shot (in the white box) for 2012! This purple-rimmed Carabus (Carabus nemoralis Muller, 1764) is also known as the European Ground Beetle.
The elytrawing covers on this one was a dull bronze, an unusual sight for me, because I have only seen black specimens before. I noticed it was different immediately as it scurried out of the leaves I was raking in the front garden. The purple-rimmed carabus is a European import that is synanthropicFrom the Greek syn-, "together with" + anthro, "man". Animals that are ecologically associated with humans, and not found in the wild.The Edmonton area seems to be an island in Alberta for this species, with only a few having been found outside of the city environs. They are a generalist feeder, taking slugs, snails, earthworms, as well as centipedes and millipedes. Reaching a size between 22 – 26mm, this is a good-sized ground beetle, capable of giving you a nip if handled incorrectly!
- Bugs of Alberta by John Acorn
- Carabus nemoralis :: Ground Beetles of Ireland
- Entomology Collection > Carabus nemoralis
- Carabus nemoralis
This is the subject that epitomized my frustrations with my 180mm macro lens! The stag-jawed carabid is a fairly large beetle (25mm/1″) and trying to photograph it with the white-bowl technique with a long-focus macro lens and a single diffused flash was the height of frustration. This is the best front view to come out of the series, but the glare is terrible. This would have been a better candidate for the white-box treatment and a shorter macro lens, but I was in the field and had no other options at the time.
Pasimachus elongatus LeConte 1846 is a predatory ground beetle that is sometimes mistaken for a stag beetle, which are not found in Alberta at all. They can be distinguished from stag beetles in that the antenna have no elbow and there is no comb-like club at the end. They have a two-year life cycle, overwintering as adults or larvae. They are found…well, let John Acorn take over at this point: “To find this mean-looking, purple-trimmed marvel, go to a patch of bald-butt prairie where the soil is sandy. Then start looking under old fence posts or dried cow pies“¹. I found this one last September in Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, scampering through the butt-bald badlands.
(Image re-edited 2 April, 2012)
- The World’s Largest Tiger Beetle (beetlesinthebush.wordpress.com)
- Friday Beetle Blogging: the Fiery Searcher (myrmecos.wordpress.com)
A pupa of the ‘Superworm’ beetle, Zophobas morio - a Darkling beetle of the Tenebrionidae family.
- Video: The White Studio (bugs.adrianthysse.com)
This is a terrible photo…
This photograph was taken 2006. It was a late summer evening in a campground in northern Alberta. I was walking with my daughter to the washrooms when we came across this longhorn beetle on the nearby concrete. I noted that the antennae were snared by a spider’s web, but due to the urgency of the moment, I took a just quick snap with my zoom lens and then rushed off to answer the call. It was a dramatic find for me, and I rushed back to see if I could catch it and photograph it properly with a macro lens. Alas, it had disappeared, and my opportunity was lost. That was my last contact with a large longhorn beetle.
This morning, early and still bleary-eyed, I opened up my email to find the latest post from Ted MacRae. “Something for Adrian” was the title. Oh no! I thought, what entomological blunder did he find on my blog this time? It must be pretty d….d serious if he is making a blog post about it! With some apprehension I clicked on the link and….
A splendid display of Longhorns! Ted was preparing a shipment of North American Cerambycidae for a collector in Europe when he decided that this was a good time to quell my nagging and photograph the box prior to shipping it (quadruple registered, first class, I hope!). Have a look at his site, and remember that this is just a fraction of his full collection. Look at the neat labeling…the dedication and patience is amazing when you consider it. Thanks Ted!
- A Brazilian longhorned beetle – Oxymerus aculeatus (beetlesinthebush.wordpress.com)
- Crossidius coralinus fulgidus (beetlesinthebush.wordpress.com)