John, Paul, George or the funny one on drums?
Well after a couple of weeks in the south of France I think I can say so far it's Rosalia alpina, the Alpine longhorn beetle.
It all began when I had suggested to my 8 year old at the beginning of this particular walk that the beech and turkey oak forest that we were in might hold a particularly cool beetle. An hour late and I heard the words, "Dad what's that longhorn beetle?" as something flew in and crash landed on my arm.
What a beetle.
It crawled around me for a bit before I put it on the ground (see crap video below)
I managed a few other longhorns during the trip too. Most just ended up flying into me whilst I was relaxing with a glass of wine. Wish beetling was that easy in the UK!
|The weird Spondylis buprestoides which I initially couldn't even get to family|
|A road casualty Cerambyx species. Not sure which|
|A female Monochamus galloprovincialis|