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Bark beetle tunnels - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Boring beetles

Beetles are never boring, unless they’re tunnelling, of course. How fabulous are these tunnels under the bark of this tree? I’d love …

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

Spotting chafers

We’re walking in the heat through pungent herbs, surrounded by butterflies and day-flying moths with Lesser Kestrels overhead. We’re in Matera in …

Mediterranean Spotted Chafer - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mediterranean Spotted Chafer

It’s taken me a while to identify this beetle I saw in Italy this summer. It really shouldn’t have taken me this …

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The tiger with six spots

We’re walking along the River Potomac in Virginia, in Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. It’s hot and humid: Along the path are the …

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

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 …

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

The Bee-Eating Beetle

That’s bright! It’s got bright red and black striped warning colouration. It’s the Bee-Eating Beetle, Trichodes apiarius, named by Linnaeus in 1758. …

Violet Oil Beetle - Bridford Wood - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Violet Oil Beetles

In Dunsford Wood there are glades and clearings full of wild daffodils. As I meander around them, stepping on Ramsons and sniffing …

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

Simple pleasures

Life is a sequence of experiences. The ones I’ve treasured most have been ones that I’ve shared, with people, with family and …

Tiger Beetles - The Hall fo Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A yellow-spotted green Tiger

The Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris) has yellow spots on an amazing textured metallic emerald green back. Green Tiger Beetles prey upon …

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

Beetles and bicycles

I’ve spent an age getting ready to go cycling. I’ve got changed, put my padded cycling trousers on, packed my rucksack with …

Bloody-Nosed Beetle - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Bloody-Nosed Beetle

There’s a Bloody-Nosed Beetle, Timarcha tenebricosa, marching across the field in front of me. They are flightless beetles which struck me as …