Reed Beetle on the reeds

Habitat. It’s the key to the survival of our planet. One species isn’t enough: everything depends upon everything else in a complex web of interconnections.

Here’s a Reed Beetle; on reeds, obviously:

Reed Beetle - Ham Wall - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are the most incredible jewel-like beetles. In fact they are so much more jewel-like than jewels I think that jewels should be referred to as beetle-like in future.

There’s a pair mating. They are probably a species of Donacia.

Reed Beetle - Ham Wall - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

This one has just landed and is folding its wings back under its stippled bronze wing covers:

Reed Beetle - Ham Wall - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

And this one is showing its profile.

Reed Beetle - Ham Wall - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Reed Beetles: natural jewels.

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