Saturday, April 30, 2011

Things that go bump in the night

My first experience of a cockchafer was on a biology field trip with school, probably 35 years ago. We went to Anglesey for a week (I think). One night the dormitory descended into chaos as a buzzing, blundering ball of confusion flew in through the window. Big and noisy it flew like so many beetles - straight lines, regardless of the environment! I don't have a great memory for things in general from back then, so clearly it made an impression.

Quite a looker, eh - the antlers and pointy bum are a nice touch. Perhaps like the camel, a creature designed by a committee.
This one was crashing around our house until I rescued it and popped it on the box bush outside the back door.

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