This week’s Lens-Artists Challenge #171 is – Weird and Wonderful.
There are some pretty weird insects out there – here a cockchafer, one of Ireland’s larger beetles at up to 35mm in length. They are sometimes called Maybugs The adults only live for about 6 weeks and they are usually seen in May and June (hence name), but the larva live underground for up to three years eating plant roots.
Next an oil beetle – not the best photo but these are one of the weirdest things I have seen in the garden. I wrote about them last year when we found this one in the garden – see link here.
We did some pond dipping workshops with school children back in September and these were the most popular find – a water scorpion. These aren’t true scorpions – the “tail” they actually use as a kind of snorkel to breath through. They use their front pinchers to catch small fish and tadpoles.