Surrounded by Giant Fennel

We are out in the nature reserve which occupies the opposite side of the gorge on which the ancient city of Matera in southern Italy stands: Parco della Murgia Materana:

Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s an incredibly beautiful place.

It’s hot under blue skies as we look across the gorge to the rebuilding of the old city of Matera in preparation for the 2019 European Capital of Culture:

Giant Fennel - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

We are surrounded by Giant Fennel Ferula communis:

Giant Fennel - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

As we walk across the reserve the bobbing heads of the yellow flowers and bright green seed-heads are at head height:

Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Giant Fennel - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

On the seed-heads are these beetles:

Beetles on Giant Fennel - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I wonder what they are?

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